Friday, 27 June 2014

Algebra Tile Musical Desks

When you bring out algebra tiles students tend to automatically create designs. So why not include that in your lesson?  In this activity students create a design using algebra tiles and simplify the design using the zero principle.

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  • Algebra tiles
  • Music
  • Whiteboards and markers (optional)
  1. Students create a design using algebra tiles.
  2. Play music and have students circulate.
  3. When the music stops students must sit at a desk and simplify another students design using the zero principle.
  4. Students write the resulting polynomial on the whiteboard and identify as a monomial, binomial or trinomial.
  5. Repeat the same activity at the new desk or as an extension you could ask them to create a design that simplifies to a particular polynomial expresssion.  (eg.  x2 - 3x + 4)

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Did you use this activity? Do you have a way to make it better? If so tell us in the comment section. Thanks

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