MTH2513E

Algebraic Thinking in Elementary School (Active) EDIT PD TITLE

 

Subject(s):Mathematics

 Hours: 30.00

 

Proficiency Levels: Mastery 

Grade(s):3, 4, 5 

 

Suggested Prerequisites: This course is designed for teachers, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school personnel. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers, and proficiency with email and current web-browsers.

 

Description/Abstract: This course will enable participants to learn how to include opportunities in the upper elementary curriculum for children to think about basic algebraic concepts, and to appreciate the importance of algebraic thinking. Participants will read and discuss relevant research on the importance of algebraic thinking in elementary school instruction and explore a variety of problems that can be used with students to develop their algebraic thinking.  They will investigate student misconceptions about the sign “=” and why this is such a pivotal concept in elementary mathematics.  For the final project, participants will learn how to design and “algebrafy”  activities which encourage algebraic thinking that can be immediately integrated into classroom practice.

 

Objectives: This course will enable participants to:

• learn how children in grades 3-5 can think about basic algebraic concepts;

• appreciate the importance of algebraic thinking in the upper elementary curriculum;

• become familiar with relevant research on the importance of algebraic thinking in elementary school instruction;

• explore a variety of problems that can be used with students to develop their algebraic thinking;

• understand student misconceptions about the sign “=” and why this is such a pivotal concept in elementary mathematics;

• learn how to design and “algebrafy” activities that encourage algebraic thinking;

• create a collection of activities which promote algebraic thinking that can be integrated into classroom practice;

• promote a “learning-by-doing” methodology, which is applicable to students at all ages.