# algebra Archives - Mary Kienstra

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By: Mary Kienstra on: June 12, 2017 in: #tlap, algebra, emoji, Engagement *

Algebra is fun and engaging when emojis represent the unknowns. Solving these equations seems like working a puzzle, not an Algebra problem. Kids love visual Algebra – emoji style. It doesn’t even seem like work. According to Jo Boaler, Visual mathematics is an important part of mathematics for its own sake and new brain research […]
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By: Mary Kienstra on: March 9, 2017 in: algebra, distributive property, Math, math engagement *

Box multiplication makes multiplying double digits concrete to young mathematicians. Instead of wondering where to put the digits and why they go there, kids are thinking of the area model of multiplication and filling in the boxes. The best thing about box multiplication is how easily it translates to the distributive property. Learning to multiply […]
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By: Mary Kienstra on: April 26, 2015 in: algebra, differentiation *

Algebra can be very abstract for young students, but teaching with Algebra equation models makes it easy to learn. Students love learning Algebra this way and feel very smart when they can solve difficult problems using concrete models in math class. Students in my classes have learned to solve algebra equations using “Hands On Equations” by Borenson […]
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By: Mary Kienstra on: February 14, 2015 in: algebra, Engagement, Math *

Elementary students access algebraic thinking using different formats and problems. I’ve found the greatest resource for teaching my students algebraic thinking is to practice weekly with Weight Logic algebra problems from Marcy Cook Math. These problems encourage algebraic thinking in a very friendly way – using balances and pieces of fruit! Marcy Cook Math products […]
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