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"Geometry is a skill of the eyes and the hands as well as of the mind." (Jean Pedersen)
Hands on Equations
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slucas
Posted 10/17/2005 5:26 PM (#161)
Subject: Hands on Equations


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I tried to use the hands on equations last class with my algebra I. I am not sure if it was benificial or not, I guess I will see how much better they do next class. Remember if you want to use them, I have both sets locked in the closet in my room. Stop by anytime to use them.
Sarah
ncrawfor
Posted 10/17/2005 5:32 PM (#162 - in reply to #161)
Subject: RE: Hands on Equations


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Have you tried it with part 1? I would think they would get the most out of the activity.
slucas
Posted 10/17/2005 5:36 PM (#163 - in reply to #162)
Subject: RE: Hands on Equations


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No, we do not get to equations until chapter 3. Do you think it would work for combining like terms? Some of the students have trouble with 3 + 7x is NOT 10x. Maybe you could make up a computer program that simulates hands on equations.
ncrawfor
Posted 10/17/2005 5:38 PM (#164 - in reply to #163)
Subject: RE: Hands on Equations


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I think that algeblocks or algebra tiles might be better combining like terms. As for that program, give just a little more time and you just never know what I might come up with!!!
nfeese
Posted 10/18/2005 2:01 PM (#175 - in reply to #164)
Subject: RE: Hands on Equations
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It sounds like the students might need to "draw" pictures of the terms and expressions. The modeling is something that really does help the students who are concrete thinkers.

We have both algeblocks/lab gear/ anything you might need to physically show and move around to teach this as well in the math lab. Email and I can send out any time.
ncrawfor
Posted 10/18/2005 9:42 PM (#179 - in reply to #175)
Subject: RE: Hands on Equations


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I could be doing some of these type of activities in my explorations class if you guys think it will help you out in your classes. Let me know!
nfeese
Posted 10/21/2005 2:16 PM (#205 - in reply to #179)
Subject: RE: Hands on Equations
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I would strongly encourage you to use the Hands On Equations in Explorations and then go to the virtual website and have the students do the equation balance there. That would be terrific.
ncrawfor
Posted 10/21/2005 4:27 PM (#209 - in reply to #205)
Subject: RE: Hands on Equations


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Natalee, what is that web address? Those students love to be on the computer.
ncrawfor
Posted 10/21/2005 4:29 PM (#211 - in reply to #205)
Subject: RE: Hands on Equations


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Any word on the VGA cords to hook up the computer to the projector?
bperry
Posted 10/21/2005 10:49 PM (#214 - in reply to #161)
Subject: RE: Hands on Equations


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Are we getting the 40 ft. cords with the Milc grant so that we can hook up our computer and move more than 3 feet away?



Edited by bperry 10/21/2005 10:55 PM
ncrawfor
Posted 10/22/2005 7:27 PM (#216 - in reply to #214)
Subject: RE: Hands on Equations


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I asked Natalee to order a longer cord so I could hook up to my work station. The tech guy at my school as loaned me a wireless keyboard and mouse so that I just have to move those where ever I need to be. There is also some type of remote for the projector that would allow you to control just your mouse. Out library has one but I have been down there to check it out - I am waiting on the VGA cord.
nfeese
Posted 10/24/2005 8:54 AM (#219 - in reply to #209)
Subject: RE: Hands on Equations
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If you go to the resources section on the MILC website, it is the 3rd web address. Kate Johnson was the post. This one is great.
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