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By: Monica Neagoy & Jennifer Bay-Williams

In: Planting the Seeds of Algebra, PreK-2: Explorations for the Early Grades

Part : Exploration I Addition: Beyond Just Memorizing Addition Facts

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Exploration I Addition: Beyond Just Memorizing Addition Facts
Exploration I. addition: beyond just memorizing addition facts

Algebraic thinking begins with exploration.

Maria L. Blanton (2008)

Photo by Dorothy DiGiovannantonio

Rationale for Exploration I
  • The concept of addition holds a position of prominence in preK-2 mathematics.
  • Developing algebraic thinking must be modeled with basic mathematical concepts such as addition and subtraction. Treating arithmetic in algebraic ways begins at the beginning-with addition.
  • “My child already knows her addition facts; what should I give her next?” Next does not mean looking elsewhere. Rather, it means looking deeper, in the same place.
  • Learning addition combinations is much more than just committing “facts” to memory.
  • Technology tools compute more rapidly and more efficiently than we do. Our technological world has therefore raised the bar on our purpose for ...

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