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A good foundation in algebra is necessary for moving on to higher science and mathematics. By using Hands-On Equations, students will learn algebra in an engaging and meaningful way with manipulatives. The students will develop a strong foundation for later algebraic studies.

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Winter15-Reaching for Algebra

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School:
McMullen Booth Elementary School 
Subject:
Mathematics 
Teacher:
Jan Gosnell 
Students Impacted:
52 
Grade:
K-5 
Date:
January 8, 2015

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Jabil & The Pinellas Education Foundation - $360.90

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Goal

A good foundation in algebra is necessary for moving on to higher science and mathematics. By using Hands-On Equations, students will learn algebra in an engaging and meaningful way with manipulatives. The students will develop a strong foundation for later algebraic studies. 

 

What will be done with my students

Each student will work with their own manipulatives to model abstract equations. They will learn the meaning of an algebra equation by working with manipulates to balance algebra equations, to combine like terms in an equation, and to solve equations with unknowns. They will also use manipulatives and pictures to represent abstract ideas and to solve multi-step algebra equations. 

 

Benefits to my students

Using this hands-on program, students will learn how to use concrete materials to model abstract equations and verbal problems. They will communicate their mathematical reasoning to others. They will see that using manipulatives is a way to test their ideas and make sense of abstract problems. They will develop their ability to reason abstractly and use algebraic thinking in a fun and engaging way. 

 

Describe the Students

There are 52 gifted students at McMullen-Booth Elementary. The students in the gifted program are 71% Caucasian, 14% Hispanic, 8% Asian, 4% Multi-racial and 3% Black. Free and reduced lunch students account for 63% of the population at McMullen-Booth Elementary. These students have a strong desire to learn and need to be challenged with an advanced curriculum. They also need to be prepared for the advanced mathematics that they will encounter in middle school and beyond. 

 

Budget Narrative

These materials are made by Borenson and Associates, Inc. The class set of Hands-On Equations includes a teacher demonstration balance, demonstration pieces, and 20 student kits. The Hands-On Equations Verbal Problems Workbook has 27 lessons, each containing three Level 1 verbal problems.The Instructional Video Manual provides demonstrations for 26 lessons. The Hands-On Equations for SMART Board includes lessons using the manipulatives for students in grades 1 through 3. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Class set of Hands-On Equations for teacher and 20 students $225.00
2 Hands-On Equations Verbal Problems Workbook $20.00
3 Hands-On Equations Instructional manual DVD $24.95
4 Early Algebra for the Smart Board (one user) $75.00
5 Shipping $15.95
  Total: $360.90

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