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Algebra Building Big Ideas – Ages 11+

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This book is designed to introduce students aged 11+ years to the mathematical concept of algebra and its place in everyday life. The appealing activities and problems are designed to give students the confidence to reach beyond their current experience.


  • an introductory teachers page, highlighting the ‘big idea’ to be investigated and a description of the activity, including the skills incorporated
  • two pages of teachers notes giving background information on the ‘big idea’ and comprehensive instructions for presenting the activity and the problems to be solved, a detailed explanation of the solution, highlighting the use of appropriate problem-solving strategies and reasoning and suggestions for extension activities
  • worksheets for the students to complete, indicating their understanding of the topic
  • a selection of useful transparency masters with instructions for their use
  • answers

There is a selection of problem-solving activities, ‘Puzzles for problem-solving’, to be used in conjunction with selected topics.

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