Students aren't always ready for algebra. For North Carolina 8th-graders who score a 1 on the EOG, and who need extra help, there's Foundations of Algebra.
Designed, written, and piloted with North Carolina educators, Foundations of Algebra is a semester-long or full-year course that gives students not just the procedures but the
understanding of algebra. The program follows a structured path leading students from:
- Concrete experiences, to
- Reasoning and sense-making discussions, to
- Communication and symbolic representation.
The program comes packaged in an easy-to-use, easy-to-adapt 3-ring binder. It also contains a CD-ROM containing the entire program on a searchable PDF. Structure the program as a one-semester course (90 days of instruction, 90 minutes per day) or as a full-year class. Foundations of Algebra has seven units:
- Different Forms of Numbers
- Everything Based on Tens
- Working with Integrers
- Simplifying Numerical expressions
- Simplifying Algebraic expressions and Solving Equations
- Linear Relationships
- Working with Data
Each unit includes an overview, objectives, Words to Know, day-by-day summaries, materials lists, career connections, unit projects, review of prior learning, and assessments.
Each day includes direct instruction, guided and independent practice, homework, and hands-on activities.
What makes Foundations of Algebra so valuable?
- It's closely aligned with the North Carolina Mathematics Standard Course of Study.
- It cross references activities from the Marilyn Burns Fraction Kit and Henry Borenson's Hands-on-Equations.
- Its activities were piloted in Wake County, as part of the NCDPI SIPII Math Grant.
Also see the companion product, North Carolina - Introduction to High School Math.