Getting Started

This program is designed to supplement your existing pre-algebra instruction in these areas:
1. solving for unknowns;
2. manipulating equations while keeping them in balance;
3. using formulas to solve real-world challenges; and
4. working with proportions, radicals, and exponents.

The materials are taught through this story line: Athena and Rick are two students frequently called upon to use their powerful mathematical thinking to solve seemingly unsolvable mysteries, problems, and questions. They post case files on a math blog, and the worksheets inside engage students to follow along with the duo and solve problems by applying mathematical skills and a logical, systematic approach.

Three lesson plans and printables teach basic pre-algebra concepts; each lesson features a worksheet, and is also supplemented by a bonus worksheet and take-home activity. The materials are designed with flexibility to allow teachers to use them in whatever order best supplements the scope and sequence of his/her pre-algebra instruction and curriculum. The worksheets also include additional math content connections, highlighted in the materials section of each lesson.

The take-home activities further encourage students to apply their math skills to real-world situations. The classroom poster (PDF) displays the important concept of keeping equations in balance while solving for unknowns and reminds students, particularly visual learners, of this fundamental pre-algebra concept.

 

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