## 6th grade Algebra and Functions

**Note: the type of resource is bolded in the descriptive text.**

*Write and solve one-step linear equations in one variable.*

**Key Standard.**

Building Bridges to Algebraic Thinking – In this **lesson**, students attempt to make a transition from arithmetical to algebraic thinking by extending from problems that have single-solution responses.

One Variable Equations – **Students will practice writing and solving** one-step addition and subtraction equations with one variable.

Solving addition and subtraction equations Addition Property of Equality Tutorial – Master this algebraic concept with an **online lesson, practice problems** and links for further explanation.

Equations with Variables – Brain Pop – **Video** for fee.

Teacher Tips for Instruction- Writing and Solving One-Step Linear Equations In One Variable

Balance Beam – Solving equations** Interactive text** (itext) from Prentice Hall. Includes a teacher QuickTime video explaining the process of balancing equations. Could be used with previous activity.

Pan Balance – Numbers Applet. In this** lesson**, one of a multi-part unit from Illuminations, students use an interactive pan balance to practice the order of operations in simplifying numerical expressions and to demonstrate the conventions of using algebraic logic in simplifying expressions. They develop algebraic understanding as expressions are simplified and recorded, step by step.

Using Equations to Solve Percent Problems – **tutorial **from themathlab.com

Spy Guys Balancing Equations. Covers equality and balancing an equation. This** video** and auditory tutorial from LearnAlberta.CA allows teachers and students to explore math concepts, pause and replay. Learn how to show fractions and mixed numbers on a number line. Includes interactive exercises that provide immediate feedback. Printable worksheets, parent notes, and a glossary are included for each lesson. In addition to the lessons, there are sections on problem-solving strategies.

The Equality Sisters – a cooperative project between Stanford University and California Girls for Algebra and Family Values, this **student-produced site **embeds algebra into a story and puts students through the paces of solving linear equations. Be prepared for the upbeat background music!

Rational Numbers – Late Delivery is a** game,** hosted by England’s BBS, in which students learn bout variable expressions.

Writing Algebraic Equations – **Tutorial and practice**

Exploring Linear Equations – Junior High Interactive math series. A video illustrates how math is used at the zoo to calculate how much it costs to feed the animals. Using an **interactive activity,** students change variables in linear equations to create unique ways of obtaining the same solution. A print activity is included.

Systems and Linear Equations – **Video and auditory tutorial** from the Tampa Educational Channel. One of over 30 topics specifically covering problem areas of middle school math. (You may need to set up a free user account to access this site and see all topics). Designed as a homework help site, this makes an excellent link for teachers to include on their own web pages. Students can pause and replay the videos as needed. Requires Flash 6.

Virtual Manipulatives related to the NTCM Number & Operations standard for GR 6-8 (**National Library of Virtual Manipulatives)**

Order of Operations and Evaluating Expressions

Gain an understanding of this area of mathematics with the two following **online tutorials and practice** exercises. Tutorial 1 , Tutorial 2

Order of Operations – **Video and auditory tutorial** from the Tampa Educational Channel. One of over 30 topics specifically covering problem areas of middle school math. (You may need to set up a free user account to access this site and see all topics). Designed as a homework help site, this makes an excellent link for teachers to include on their own web pages. Students can pause and replay the videos as needed. Requires Flash 6.

Expressions vs. Equations– **Video and auditory tutorial** from the Tampa Educational Channel. One of over 30 topics specifically covering problem areas of middle school math. (You may need to set up a free user account to access this site and see all topics). Designed as a homework help site, this makes an excellent link for teachers to include on their own web pages. Students can pause and replay the videos as needed. Requires Flash 6.

Positive and Negative Numbers. **Free animated algebra lesson** from mathdork.com. Fourteen colorful screens with sound, replay button and an interactive quiz.

Order of Operations – **Brainpop Movie and Interactive Quiz for fee.**

Order of Operations – The user reviews the rules for the order of operations for a given expression. After viewing examples, users can

**interactively practice**evaluating expressions following the rules for the order of operations.

Order of Operations –

**Exploration guide, interactive applets and assessment questions.**

Code Crackers Math Game – This

**engaging and challenging math game**provides students with opportunities to work with math operations and simple algebraic equations by creating a spreadsheet-based “rule machine.” Project.

Commutative and Associative Properties – Students will create examples of the commutative and associative properties based on the examples shown in the **BrainPop video**.

Distributive Property – Distributive Law 1 and Law 2 using **Algebra Tiles**. Students will use the distributive property to simplify expressions, recognize and generate equivalent forms for simple algebraic expressions. They will explore relationships between symbolic expressions and virtual manipulative models.

Exploring Order of Operations – This **interactive math resource** from Junior High Interactive (learnalberta.ca.) allows the user to explore the order of operations (brackets, exponents, multiplication, division, addition and subtraction). Includes print activities, solutions, learning strategies, a math game and a video. advanced.

Discover Order of Operations Using Calculators – Technology promoting Student Success. Resource from NEIR-TEC designed **for teachers**. Includes classroom examples.

Conversion Calculator – convert common units of measurement in length/distance, area, volume, weight/mass, temperature and time. Specifically designed for kids. Part of the FactMonster/Funbrain web site.

Metric units and measurement –** tutorial** from the Math League on length, volume, mass, time, temperature and decimals in measurement.

Units of Measurement – **PowerPoint slideshow** that can be used for whole group instruction on units of measurement. Includes frequent learning checks.

Units of Measurement.** **e.** Powerpoint jeopardy game.**

English Measurement – **Video and auditory tutorial** from the Tampa Educational Channel. One of over 30 topics specifically covering problem areas of middle school math. (You may need to set up a free user account to access this site and see all topics). Designed as a homework help site, this makes an excellent link for teachers to include on their own web pages. Students can pause and replay the videos as needed. Requires Flash 6.

Metric Measurement – **Video and auditory tutorial** from the Tampa Educational Channel. One of over 30 topics specifically covering problem areas of middle school math. (You may need to set up a free user account to access this site and see all topics). Designed as a homework help site, this makes an excellent link for teachers to include on their own web pages. Students can pause and replay the videos as needed. Requires Flash 6.

**– Demonstrate an understanding that rate is a measure of one quantity per unit value of another quantity.**

*Key Standard*Classroom Activities – Understanding Rational Numbers and Proportions – In this grades 5-8** lesson**, students use real-world models to develop an understanding of fractions, decimals, unit rates, proportions, and problem solving.

Distance-Time Graphs.** Create a graph** of a runner’s position versus time and watch the runner run a 40-yard dash based on the graph you made. Notice the connection between the slope of the line and the velocity of the runner. Add a second runner (a second graph) and connect real-world meaning to the intersection of two graphs. Experiment with a graph of velocity versus time for the runners, and also distance traveled versus time. Five minutes of free usage from ExploreLearning.com.

Aw Chute! – **Downloadable lesson plan** from PBS.org Mathline. After designing and constructing parachutes, students use the distance formula to determine the rate of descent and with this information look for similarities in design.

Going NoWhere Fast– **Math TV Video word problems**. Students must solve a swimming pool problem fill and draining problem that involves work, rate and time. Onscreen audio and visual help is provided in setting up the problem and solving it. Once the problem is solved, students are given another problem to solve and can make use of the practice video, a scratch pad and calculator.

Spy Guys Exploring Area & Perimeter . Select Lessons 12 and 13. Covers the topics separately and relating them to each other. **These video and auditory tutorials** from LearnAlberta.CA allow teachers and students to explore math concepts, pause and replay. Includes interactive exercises that provide immediate feedback. Printable worksheets, parent notes, and a glossary are included for each lesson. In addition to the lessons, there are sections on problem-solving strategies.

Spy Guys Surface Area of Prisms. Select Lesson 14. **These video and auditory tutorials** from LearnAlberta.CA allow teachers and students to explore math concepts, pause and replay. Includes interactive exercises that provide immediate feedback. Printable worksheets, parent notes, and a glossary are included for each lesson. In addition to the lessons, there are sections on problem-solving strategies.

Measuring Circles – **BrainPop video** – Learn how to measure a circle if given its diameter or radius with an online movie and interactive quiz.

Area of a Circle – Harcourt Publishers **shockwave tutorial** with auditory reinforcement and relay buttons on every screen.

Measurement: Circumference & Diameter of a Circle – Register for free downloads of VOD for an excellent **teacher training video** from Annenberg Media/PBS that looks at perimeter/diameter and diagonal ratios and teaches the relationship between the perimeter of a shape and the diameter of a shape. Students look at the ratio of many different objects and collect data. They develop an awareness that circumference divided by diameter is always a constant ratio. 12 additional videos provide in-depth look at measurement and cover area, volume, measurement relationships, etc. Classroom case study videos are also provided for the middle school teacher.

Perimeter and Area – Harcourt Publishers **shockwave tutorial** with auditory reinforcement and relay buttons on every screen.

Annenberg/PBS Video Library: Building Rafts with Rods – **Real classroom video** where NCTM math standards guide the lessons. Click on Video #6. Here, groups of students learn about patterns, functions, and problem-solving as they calculate the surface area and volume of various-sized rafts, then graph their data.

Quick Landscaping. **Math TV Word Problem Video**. (Area and proportional reasoning). How long will it take Jamie to mow a square lawn if we know the time it takes him to mow a smaller lawn? Onscreen audio and visual help is provided in setting up the problem and solving it. Once the problem is solved, students are given another problem to solve and can make use of the practice video, a scratch pad and calculator.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 02 March 2010 16:48)