Help me give my students an understanding of how to solve systems of equations with manipulatives. This gives students a chance to see in real life how to solve them, which then helps them with the algebraic formula.
I teach 8th- and 9th-grade math classes with students with all different ability levels and ways of learning. Our students come from a unique demographic, and we have students with every resource available to them and students who struggle to get to school every day with the clothes and food they need. We have students who come from all different family types and different levels of family support. One of the hardest concepts my students struggle with is solving systems of equations. Algeblocks give students the opportunity to use manipulatives to see in real life how to solve the problem, which then helps them with the algebraic formula.
Algeblocks give students the opportunity to use manipulative to see in real life how to solve, which then helps them with the algebraic formula. Students will use the manipulatives to lay out the equations and then physically change the equations to see how to solve them with the manipulatives. This allows students to see how the math works. For students that have been absent this lets them see how the math works instead of just plugging numbers into a formula. Being able to see first hand why an equation works instead of just memorizing a formula.
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