The subject of algebra has always been important in American secondary mathematics education. However, algebra at the elementary level has been garnering increasing attention and importance over the past 15 years. There is consequently a dire need for ideas, suggestions and models for how best to achieve pre-algebraic instruction in the elementary grades. Planting the Seeds of Algebra will empower teachers with theoretical and practical knowledge about both the content and pedagogy of such instruction, and show them the different faces of algebra as it appears in the early grades. The book will walk teachers of young children through many examples of K-6 math lessons and unpack, step by step, the hidden connections to higher algebra. After reading this book, teachers will be better equipped to reflect on their teaching, renew their thinking, and change parts of their practice in order to transform their classroom culture into one where both students and teachers are attuned to algebraic thinking, reasoning, talking, writing, and doing.

Sticker Stickler—The Lesson (Grades 1–2)

Sticker stickler—the lesson (grades 1–2)

Bob Moses, a leader in the 1960s civil rights movement, founded a national U.S. mathematics literacy program in the 1980s known as the Algebra Project. Impacting thousands of students and hundreds of teachers each year, the Algebra Project, aimed at raising the mathematics achievement level of low-income students and students of color, has made significant contributions to U.S. mathematics education.

Privileged to hear Bob Moses present his research at the National Science Foundation in 2003, I was struck by his revelation that student conception of subtraction in the early grades can impact later understanding of key algebraic formulas. “If kids are only taught the take-away metaphor, they'll have trouble in algebra,” he said squarely. “In algebraic ...

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