Matt De Cesare
Orchard School District
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Students will practice Algabra concepts using the Algebra Touch application on the iPad.
Improve students abilities to solve algebraic expressions and work with numbers and operations.
Students will be able to solve simple to complex algebraic expressions using the Algebra Touch application on the iPad. Students will solve for X.
iPad, Algebra Touch application created by Regular Berry (available at the app store).
Anticipatory Set (Lead-in):
Discuss how to work with operations, and how to solve for X.
Lesson Plan Procedure:
This is more of an intervention lesson, than a whole class lesson.
Essentially, the Algebra Touch application takes students from basic addition on the iPad to solving very complicated algebraic equations.
First, explain that the student is going to be working on solving equations.
Let the student (or group of two) know that the application starts out easy, and gets more difficult.
Have the student work through the first level or two to make sure they understand.
Each level gives specific instructions on how to accomplish the required task, as well as offers numerous practice problems.
As the student is able to complete the tasks, they become more challenging.
Closure (Reflect Anticipatory Set):
Ask student if this helped to increase their understanding of solving for X.
Assessments & notes
Plan for Independent Practice:
This is ideal for independant practice.
Assessment Based on Objectives:
A quick test of solvign equations will let you know if the student was able to get help from the application.
Possible Connections to Other Subjects:
You could have student write out the steps in words, to practice sequence writing.
Adaptations & Extensions:
Two students can work together.
Teams can compete in front of the class by attempting to solve the equations quickly (timed or for completion).
Be careful what else is on the iPad. Angry Birds is a powerful draw...