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To increase students' daily use of Algebra skills through a learning environment which encourages students to investigate and engineer solutions to problems and construct evidence-based explanations of real-world phenomena. This will be done through the integration of Algebra based projects, activites and games to assist the students in learning the "language of Algebra".

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"Why Can't Algebra be STEMulating?" Activities to Incease Learning in Algebra

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School:
Calvin A. Hunsinger 
Subject:
Mathematics 
Teacher:
Janet Cunningham 
Students Impacted:
30 
Grade:
9-12 
Date:
July 15, 2021

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Only $575.00 Needed

 

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Goal

To increase students' daily use of Algebra skills through a learning environment which encourages students to investigate and engineer solutions to problems and construct evidence-based explanations of real-world phenomena. This will be done through the integration of Algebra based projects, activites and games to assist the students in learning the "language of Algebra". 

 

What will be done with my students

Students will have the opportunity to become more connected with the conceptual aspects of Algebra through solving real life problems and engaging in higher order thought to learn how to "think algebraically". Students will engage in learning activities based on real life problems (i.e. determining the ratio between two related quantities that are changing such as speed up and down a hill, calculating wage with overtime or determining the cost of a taxi ride which has a distance and time formula) and applicable educational games.

Students will learn to solve Algebra problems and connect Florida Algebra standards by learning how to reason algebraically. When the "Algebraic Language" and activites make sense to the students there is a higher level of engagement. The higher engagement will lead to classroom discussion in order to solve puzzles and make sense of patterns which arise from real world problems, observations and activities.

Students will be given the opportunity to use manipulative materials (Algebra Balance, Algebra Games and white boards to refine and revise answers). These item will allow the students to visualize the conceptual aspects of Algebra which are difficult for many ESE students to comprehend.  

 

Benefits to my students

ESE students struggle with the conceptual nature of algebra. Algebra is thinking logically about numbers rather than computing with numbers. To be successful with Algebra, for all but the most basic examples, a student has to stop thinking arithmetically and learn to think algebraically. Through the use of the classroom materials, students will make observation, engineer solutions and extend predictions to learn to think algebraically.

Algebraic thinking includes recognizing and analyzing patterns, studying and representing relationships, making generalizations, and analyzing how things change. ... Algebraic thinking is a rigorous skill which requires strategic teaching and applicable examples for many ESE students.
 

 

Describe the Students

All students are Exceptional Student Education (ESE) students. Students are Emotional-Behavioral Disorders, Other Health Impaired, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and/or School Based Mental Health. All students receive free breakfast and lunch. The school is a Title 1 center with a majority of the students coming from the low economic environments.

Students tend to be low performers in the traditional schools. Low class ratio, behavior management, social skills training infused throughout the day and case management assist the students in showing academic gains. Students are taught using a high level of differentiation techniques and individualized learning plans.  

 

Budget Narrative

All budget will go toward algebra supplies which are durable and reusable for multiple students. Supplies include several books which focus on real life examples of algebra and project based algebra ideas. Supplies to be ordered through Amazon as a carrier of these math products.

All items are singular with the exception of the handheld customizable white boards which are 2 sets of 6 boards which will be used with multiple activities which can be placed inside of the white boards. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Hands-On Equations Class Set for Teacher and 10 Students. Includes The Teacher Demonstration Balance Scale $160.00
2 Learning Resources Algebra Tile Class Set $100.00
3 Hands-On Math Projects With Real-Life Applications: Grades 6-12 Hands-On Math Projects With Real-Life Applications: Grades 6-12 $25.00
4 Math Stories For Problem Solving Success: Ready-to-Use Activities Based on Real-Life Situations, Grades 6-12 Math Stories For Problem Solving Success: Ready-to-Use Activities Based on Real-Life Situations $40.00
5 Didax Educational Resources The Algebra Game: Quadratic Equations $50.00
6 Conceptual Math Media Equate: The Equation Thinking Game $55.00
7 Project-Based Learning in the Math Classroom $30.00
8 MagnaSheets by Abaco Office | Jumbo Sized Magnetic Graph Paper (22"W x 28"H) $25.00
9 KleenSlate 2-Sided Customizable Whiteboard with Clear Dry Erase Sleeve for Interchangeable Templates and Graphic Organizers (6) 2 sets $90.00
  Total: $575.00

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