Real-World Algebra Activity. Use A variety on Items around the classroom. Set a variable and a price to represent each item. (You can even allow the students to determine the prices). Have the students shop for items or create a shopping list for them. Students will need to write expressions that match their list, Then solve each expression to determine the final cost. Students practice writing algebraic expressions and multiplying and adding decimals. (Examples are provided on webpage)

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Elementary Algebra is generalized form of arithmetic. It provides a language to represent problems and functions. Algebraic thinking is also one of the first forms of abstract thinking that students develop in mathematics. Lets look at some of the common gotchas of algebraic learning. | This is Excellent!! I'm loving the explanations!!!

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Students will identify the parts of an expression using math terminology. Students will understand the concept of like terms with the use parallel examples.

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LOVE this idea for teaching translating expressions into words....post different expressions around room, give each group diff color marker and have them write unique translations for each. Genius way to make this lesson more fun!!

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BASIC EXPANSION OF ALGEBRAIC EXPRESSIONS - FOR CHILDREN

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Math = Love: Algebra 1 - Introduction to Relations and Functions

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Middle School Math Madness!: interactive notebook (I would do this... IF I WAS TEACHING MATH! T__T )

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lay the puzzle game that is taking the world by storm. Sudoku is a logic-based placement puzzle. The object is to fill the grid so that every column, every row and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 to 9. Sudoku can also be played with 9 unique pictures or symbols. There are some examples of such games in the Sudoku for Kids section.

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Math = Love! Love her ideas! I wish I could have had her for high school math!!

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