computer
skills
needed |
help
files |

Answering a problem in SMART
Notebook (assn 4, 5) |
Getting
started
with
SMART
Notebook |

Making a superscript in
Microsoft Word (Assn 6) |
Superscripts. |

Scanning in a hand-written
document, and embedding it in a Microsoft Word document to submit.
(Assn 7) |
You will need to consult your
scanner documentation to scan your page. Once that scanned file
is in your compute as a .tiff, .gif, .jpg, .bmp or .png, you can insert
that
picture into a Microsoft Word document like
this. If you can only figure out how to get a .pdf from your
scanner, you can try this
(only works with single page .pdfs) |

Content goals:

- Understand how patterns and functions are studied in elementary grades
- Algebraically describe a growth pattern as a function
- Explain an algebraic representation by connecting it to a
geometric or similarly concrete representation.

Introduction

Patterns and functions:

Representing patterns and functions
with pictures, tables and graphs

Video 154: Representing patterns and functions

Reading: A written out summary of these examples

Reading: A written out summary of these examples

D2L->Content->What is
Algebra in Elementary School?

Assignment 4: Do problems 1 and 2 in this growthPatternsTiles notebook**. Put your solutions in the
Notebook file, save it, and upload it to D2L. Due
May 31Asking good questions about patterns
and functions:

Equations for growing pattern sorts of functions.

Video 155 A and B: questions about
patterns and
connections to algebra part 1; part 2.

Reading: Read this lesson plan: http://www.mathsolutions.com/documents/Solving_Problems_i33.pdf from Math Solutions

Reading: Read this lesson plan: http://www.mathsolutions.com/documents/Solving_Problems_i33.pdf from Math Solutions

Assignment 5: Answer these questions** from page 4 of the
lesson
plan (the is also a SMART Notebook). Due May 31

**For reasons I have not been able to discover, some computers/web
browsers/etc do not download SMART Notebooks correctly. If you
download one of these SMART Notebooks, and find that the file will not
open, then you should first try downloading them from the D2L Content
section, and then try e-mailing me. So far I have not encountered
any problems that attaching the files and sending them as an e-mail
won't fix.Videos 156 A and B: Examples of
figuring out
functions part 1; part 2.

Reading: Written out examples of figuring out function equations

Reading: Written out examples of figuring out function equations

D2L->Content->Instructional
Strategies for Teaching Algebra in Elementary School

Assignment 6: Go onto Wisweb, and open the
Spotting Numbers Problems applet (video of navigating to the specific
applet). Find the equations for each of these patterns:

level 1: V numbers, box numbers, tower
numbers, L numbers 1, L numbers 2

level 2: flip numbers

level 3: tile numbers 3

Put your answers, clearly labelled, in a Microsoft Word document, and
put it in the dropbox. Due June 2level 2: flip numbers

level 3: tile numbers 3

Explaining why your equation makes
sense:

I expect that after the practice you
had for the last assignment, that
you are pretty good at finding equation forms of functions.The primary
goal for this topic is for you to recognize the properties of a
deductive explanation and to know how to write good deductive
explanations.

Videos:

157. Explaining a function rule with pattern blocks
(the pattern blocks
applet)

158. Explaining a function rule with a dot pattern.

159. Explaining a function rule with a rate.

Reading: Examples of explaining
the equation for several patterns158. Explaining a function rule with a dot pattern.

159. Explaining a function rule with a rate.

The article "Instructional
Strategies for Teaching Algebra in Elementary School" which you read
for the last topic also has useful examples for this topic.

Assignment 7: Find the equation form of the function for each of
these examples, and explain deductively why that function rule
makes sense using the context of the problem. Hand-write your
answers so you can include labelled diagrams, scan it in, and insert
the scanned image into a Microsoft Word document, which you will upload
to the D2L dropbox. Due June 2