Research-based guidance and classroom activities for teachers of mathematics


This link takes you to Algebra Makes Sense, a SMILE mathematics pack on the National STEM Centre eLibrary. The relevant task is on pages 16-17 and involves preparing cards for a matching exercise between words and symbols.

Expressing situations in words is a pre-cursor to using symbols, and students can then see that algebra is expressing succinctly what is sometimes long-winded and complicated in words.

By starting with words, the order of operations is easier to understand as a form of notation, rather than the notation coming first, and word problems become more accessible because students get used to mathematising them.

Go to Algebra Makes Sense on the National STEM Centre eLibrary >>