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Why 5-Year-Old Kids Can Do Algebra

Why 5-Year-Old Kids Can Do Algebra | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Find algebra difficult? Well, think about this: Scientists find that even 5-year-old kids can do it.
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excerpt: "The three remaining experiments used stuffed animals as symbols and the kids were asked to figure out roughly how many tokens the animals contributed to another pile of tokens. They didn't need to know the number: They just had to figure out if the animal had added a few tokens, or a lot. As in algebra, they were charged with finding an unknown value."

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Algebra - it's everywhere

Algebra - it's everywhere | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Fodder for teen nightmares and centerpiece of fierce debate over what eighth-graders must learn. The very word can twist the stomachs of otherwise well-adjusted adults, dredging up memories of nonsensical X's and Y's and a lifelong loathing of math.
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This is a nonfiction article about the importance of algebra. The mention of mariuana might be offensive to some, but the language is approachable (not very challenging). Meanwhile, it answers some questions that many students ask, questions teachers may not always have the answer to. It happens. We go blank or disconnected. It also suggests cool ideas. This article might be one of the articles an algebra teacher uses to introduce the course, or it may inspire the teacher to use a similar set of articles to avoid the controversial topic marijuana and the related issues. 

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