Walk about in algebra

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Gina Wilson’s blog, All Things Algebra, is a valuable resource for math teachers in upper grades. The game that I am featuring today is one of her many ideas for making math fun, collaborative, and active. She calls it the Translating Walk About and it involves splitting her students into teams and asking them to examine expressions/equations/inequalities and translate them into their own words (a great Common Core Standards lesson).

Jump over to the blog to get all of the details and to consider ideas for individualizing this lesson for diverse learners. This creative teacher already has students working with their peers, but one other adaptation that came to mind was creating stickers or strips for learners with disabilities and allowing them to match their translations instead of generating them on the spot. You could also assign teams different stations so that some students had more complex work than others.

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