

Math
Posts: 24
Location: LTMS  I used the "box & dot" method with my general seventh graders, and almost every one of them caught on within 15 minutes! (The negatives were still a little tricky, though.) The next day, we used tables, and almost every one of them caught on to that, too!
Most of these students will probably struggle with "traditional" algebra techniques.
Class notes for these methods are available at my website:
BoxandDot Method (Basically, HandsOn Equations without the physical manipulatives)
http://staff.fcps.net/bdurham/Class%20Notes%2020092010/class%20notes%201110.htm
Table Method (numeric solution techniques are really underappreciated...even though that's what "graphing" calculators really do)
http://staff.fcps.net/bdurham/Class%20Notes%2020092010/class%20notes%201111.htm 



Counts on fingers & toes
Posts: 13
 Great strategies! I've also solved equations with pattern blocks and colored counters, but the logistics are very time consuming  so, I like your methods! 



Counts on fingers & toes
Posts: 11
 thanks! I can't wait to try this out next year with my 7th graders. 

