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Algebraic Thinking

This session, the first one in the Annenberg series "Patterns, Functions, and Algebra" enables the teacher to discover what it means to think algebraically, and to learn to use algebraic thinking skills to make sense of different situations. Topics covered include describing situations through pictures, charts, graphs, and words; interpreting and drawing conclusions from qualitative graphs; and creating graphs to match written descriptions of real-life situations. The session includes sequentially organized problems, video viewing, interactive activities, readings, and homework. The materials may be used on your own, in a study group, or as a facilitated online course for graduate credit, which is offered at a reasonable cost.
Contributed by: Annenberg Learner - Author, WGBH Educational Foundation - Publisher
This resource is included in the following PD Collection(s):
CCSS Practice Standard 4This collection supports teachers as they integrate Practice Standard 4 into their classroom routines. In these articles, videos, and lesson studies, teachers will see strategies that help guide students to use concrete, pictorial, and symbolic representations to describe mathematical situations in everyday life. Additional resources for immediate use in the classroom can be found in a companion classroom collection.
Math TopicAlgebraic Thinking, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes, Data and Statistics
Grade Level3, 4, 5, 6+
Resource TypeCourse, Unit of Instruction

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education TopicTeacher content knowledge
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentYes
    • ContributorAnnenberg Learner - Author, WGBH Educational Foundation - Publisher
    • Publication Date2002
    • RightsCopyright (c) 2012 Annenberg Foundation
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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  • User Comments
    • 5
      Great PD resource
      By bethb on 02/20/2013 - 12:27
    • I like how this resource addresses the needs of the teacher. The step by step approach to discussing and teaching algebraic thinking makes this a great PD resource. I would have my teachers view this before a PD session and then discuss the implications.
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