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Algebra I

(7 Units, 101 Lessons)

Unit 1 - Introduction to Algebra: Focus on Problem Solving(14 Lessons)

First Day of Class - The Marshmallow Challenge

Algebra I

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Introduction to Algebra: Focus on Problem Solving

Big Idea:First day challenge! Students work in small groups to build the highest structure that will support a single marshmallow.

11 Resources

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11 Resources

108 Favorites

How Does This Math Class Work? Creating a Positive Classroom Climate

Algebra I

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Introduction to Algebra: Focus on Problem Solving

Big Idea:Students help create a positive learning environment with a focus on respecting each other's ideas, working in flexible groups, and focusing on the math!

14 Resources

25 Favorites

14 Resources

25 Favorites

Generating Student Discourse

Algebra I

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Introduction to Algebra: Focus on Problem Solving

Big Idea:Students generate classroom norms and then practice them in a discussion about a math riddle.

11 Resources

2 Favorites

11 Resources

2 Favorites

What Makes Something a Pattern?

Algebra I

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Introduction to Algebra: Focus on Problem Solving

Big Idea:Can you figure out the pattern? If you can, what can you do with it? Students learn how to write rules for patterns and explore how these rules can help us predict future events.

18 Resources

6 Favorites

18 Resources

6 Favorites

The Broken Eggs

Algebra I

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Introduction to Algebra: Focus on Problem Solving

Big Idea:Students work on their first math riddle. This lesson gives them the opportunity to solve a problem in different ways and spend some time explaining their own, unique mathematical thinking.

11 Resources

13 Favorites

11 Resources

13 Favorites

Introduction to Functions

Algebra I

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Introduction to Algebra: Focus on Problem Solving

Big Idea:What's happening inside that machine? Students are introduced to a "function machine" as a metaphor in order to begin to understand the concept of functions and how they work.

17 Resources

10 Favorites

17 Resources

10 Favorites

Tables, Words, and Equations

Algebra I

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Introduction to Algebra: Focus on Problem Solving

Big Idea:Three representations that mean the same thing! Students learn to move between tables, rules in words, and equations in this engaging lesson.

13 Resources

5 Favorites

13 Resources

5 Favorites

A Communication Challenge

Algebra I

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Introduction to Algebra: Focus on Problem Solving

Big Idea:What's so important about communicating and working together? Students explore what it means to communicate in math class in order to solve a group challenge.

16 Resources

9 Favorites

16 Resources

9 Favorites

Mystery Bags Game

Algebra I

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Introduction to Algebra: Focus on Problem Solving

Big Idea:How many ounces of gold are in that bag? Students use a pan balance model to solve simple linear equations.

14 Resources

2 Favorites

14 Resources

2 Favorites

Writing About Math in the Cafeteria

Algebra I

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Introduction to Algebra: Focus on Problem Solving

Big Idea:Doing the math backwards and forwards! Students solve a complex word problem and examine written work about problem solving to improve their math writing skills.

15 Resources

4 Favorites

15 Resources

4 Favorites

Post-It Note Equations

Algebra I

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Introduction to Algebra: Focus on Problem Solving

Big Idea:Students arrange and rearrange post it notes to explore the structure of multi-step equations.

13 Resources

5 Favorites

13 Resources

5 Favorites

Solving for x

Algebra I

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Introduction to Algebra: Focus on Problem Solving

Big Idea:How do I get x alone? Students compare linear equations in one variable to linear equations in two variables and solve for x in both cases.

13 Resources

1 Favorites

13 Resources

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Inequalities: True or False?

Algebra I

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Introduction to Algebra: Focus on Problem Solving

Big Idea:Is 4 always less than 6? Students explore what happens when they perform the same operation on both sides of an inequality.

12 Resources

3 Favorites

12 Resources

3 Favorites

The Great Inequality Debate

Algebra I

» Unit:

Introduction to Algebra: Focus on Problem Solving

Big Idea:Which expression greater? How do you know? Students think deeply about inequality relationships and the properties of inequalities.

13 Resources

1 Favorites

13 Resources

1 Favorites