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The Algebra Teacher's Activity-a-Day, Grades 6-12: Over 180 Quick Challenges for Developing Math and Problem-Solving Skills

ISBN: 978-0-470-61604-8
252 pages
May 2010, Jossey-Bass
The Algebra Teacher


Fun-filled math problems that put the emphasis on problem-solving strategies and reasoning

The Algebra Teacher's Activity-a-Day offers activities for test prep, warm-ups, down time, homework, or just for fun. These unique activities are correlated with national math education standards and emphasize problem-solving strategies and logical reasoning skills. In many of the activities, students are encouraged to communicate their different approaches to other students in the class.

  • Filled with dozens of quick and fun algebra activities that can be used inside and outside the classroom
  • Designed to help students practice problem-solving and algebra skills

The activities address a wide range of topics, skills, and ability levels, so teachers can choose whichever best suit the students' needs.

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Table of Contents

About This Book.

About the Author.


Correlation with NCTM Process and Standards Grid.

Section 1. What Doesn't Belong?

Section 2. What’s Missing?

Section 3. Where Is It?

Section 4. Algebraic Pathways.

Section 5. Squiggles.

Section 6. Math Mystery Messages.

Section 7. What Am I?

Section 8. Al-ge-grams.

Section 9. Potpourri.

Cooperative Games.

Oral Team Problems.


Section 10. Calculator Explorations.


Graphical Explorations.

Suggested Resources.

Answer Key.

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Author Information

Frances McBroom Thompson, Ph.D., has taught mathematics at the junior and senior high school levels and was a professor of mathematics education at Texas Woman's University. She has served as a K-12 mathematics specialist, a curriculum developer, and a teacher trainer; and she is also the author of numerous articles and books on math education, including Hands-On Algebra and the Math Essentials series from Jossey-Bass.
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