This M3 unit’s emphasis on number patterns is designed to challenge mathematically talented students by encouraging them to take a new look at basic number concepts from an algebraic perspective. Students will become better estimators and have effective tools to perform computation mentally. Experiences and discussions in the unit will provide a rich context for introducing students to algebraic thinking and strengthen their reasoning and communication skills.
We will also use Hands-On Equations, a program that utilizes manipulatives to introduce algebra. This program is game-like and promotes reasoning skills.