Today we worked independently on solving equations using only a pictorial model based on Hands-On Equations. To begin, I did an example problem with the class, which you can view: Hands-On Equations Day 7 (Pictorial Representations cont). Then, the students solved four problems on their own...without the use of the pawns and cubes.... they did a great job!!!
Then I asked them to answer a prompt on an exit ticket.
Do you think that working with concrete models (pawns and cubes) and then moving to pictorial models (pictures) was an effective way to learn algebra? Why or why not?
- Countdown to STAAR p. 5