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Who likes algebra? We do! Studies have shown that elementary school students can quickly learn basic algebraic concepts through the use of the Hands-On Equations method of instruction, which is a powerful whole-brain instructional approach to learning algebra. Students then transfer their learning to the pictorial representation, and for some, on to the abstract method. By using Hands-On Equations lessons and manipulatives, young students will have a fun and easy way to learn algebra, which is essential for higher math and science. Students will learn to solve advance equations and will be able to solve conceptually.

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Hands On Algebra

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School:
Gulf Beaches Elementary Magnet School 
Subject:
Mathematics 
Teacher:
Darlene McLean 
Students Impacted:
61 
Grade:
K-5 
Date:
September 25, 2015

Investors

Thank you to the following investors for funding this grant.

 

Wells Fargo - $50.00

The Pinellas Education Foundation - $109.95

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Goal

Who likes algebra? We do! Studies have shown that elementary school students can quickly learn basic algebraic concepts through the use of the Hands-On Equations method of instruction, which is a powerful whole-brain instructional approach to learning algebra. Students then transfer their learning to the pictorial representation, and for some, on to the abstract method. By using Hands-On Equations lessons and manipulatives, young students will have a fun and easy way to learn algebra, which is essential for higher math and science. Students will learn to solve advance equations and will be able to solve conceptually. 

 

What will be done with my students

Students need to have a successful experiences with algebra. With Hands-On Equations each student will work with their own manipulatives and models to solve abstract equations. They will learn to "balance" an equation and substitute or solve for "x" or the unknown. By working with visuals and models students will come to understand abstract concepts. Students will learn how to physically and pictorially represent algebraic equations.
Students will also learn how to solve verbal problems which are essential for success in algebra.
These resources will be used for many years, with all students who come through the gifted program.
 

 

Benefits to my students

The term "algebra" often strikes fear into the hearts of students. With this program students will learn to turn abstract equations into something concrete and familiar to them by using manipulatives. Manipulatives are essential tools for learning mathematics. Students using manipulatives to learn algebra will help them make sense of abstract ideas, provide them ways to test and verify answers, and engage them in their learning. They will want more algebra, and will be ready for middle school mathematics! 

 

Describe the Students

There are 61 gifted students at Gulf Beaches Elementary at this time. We are in our second year, and growing quickly. Mostly middle income families make up this population of 73% Caucasian, 13% Hispanic, 2% Asian, 4% African-American, and 3% Multi-racial.
They have a strong desire to learn and need the challenge from an advanced curriculum to push them farther in their academics.

 

 

Budget Narrative

I already have the Class Set of Hands-On Equations, which includes the teacher demonstration balance, demonstration pieces, 30 student kits, and classroom worksheet reproduction rights. Being at a Center for Innovation and Technology, I would like to add the Smartboard version of Early Algebra (grades 1-3), the Smartboard version of Hands-On Equations (grades 3 and up), plus the Instructional Video Manual, which will provide demonstrations for each of the twenty-six lessons for the teacher. I hope to also use this DVD for students who enter the gifted program at different times of the year to help get caught up with the class. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 The Hands-On Equations Instructional video manual DVD $24.95
2 Hands-On Equations for the SMART Board $50.00
3 Early Algebra for the Interactive Whiteboard $50.00
4 The Hands-On Equations Verbal Problems Book $35.00
  Total: $159.95

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