Algebra Lab Gear Student Set: 90 pieces
Designed for two students, there are 90 pieces total. Yellow number pieces represent constants: 1, 5, 25. Blue blocks are for 1-D (x and y), 2-D (5x, 5y, x², y², xy) and 3-D (x³, x²y, xy², y³) depictions of variables. Also includes two corner pieces.
The Lab Gear is a comprehensive manipulative environment designed for the teaching and learning of algebra. Lab Gear extends the model of base ten blocks, making abstract topics more accessible. The Lab Gear supports students in developing their abstract thinking skills so they can be successful in algebra. It particularly helps visual, spatial, and kinesthetic learners because students can move the pieces around and see a problem in different ways.
Framing algebra problems using the lab gear makes it possible to create a variety of mathematically worthwhile tasks.
This set is designed for two students, working together. It consists of 90 pieces. The "number" blocks are yellow (24 one, 8 fives, 2 twenty-fives) and the "variable" blocks are blue (18x, eight y, four xy, eight x2, four 5x, two 5y, two y2, three x2y, three xy2, one x3, one y3). There are also two corner pieces per set which extends use into multiplication into the third dimension.
In-depth curriculum support for Algebra Lab Gear is provided with our two comprehensive teaching guides Algebra Lab Gear - Basic Algebra and Algebra Lab Gear - Algebra I (sold separately)
Designed to promote conceptual understanding rather than rote memorization of algorithms, Algebra Lab Gear provides a hands-on experience and leads the student into meaningful discussions. A supplement to pre-algebra or algebra, these lessons and activities can be used as either a preview or as a review and don’t need to be closely coordinated with a curriculum. It’s important to understand that hand-on materials do not automatically yield understanding. Accompanying discussion is crucial. These materials provide the tools needed to encourage and direct this discussion.
Yellow blocks for numbers and blue blocks for variables make up the unusual manipulative set. The sizes of the x blocks and y blocks were carefully chosen so that neither one can be matched in length by the 1-blocks. Two teaching guides (one for middle school math reviewing arithmetic and introducing algebra concepts) and one for beginning algebra. These guides provide lessons that present new ideas giving the teacher support for preliminary activities, discussion ideas, and specific activity instructions. Activity worksheets walk the student through each investigative discovery. Answers are in the back of the book and the lesson worksheets are reproducible for classroom use.