Should you be teaching algebra to young students?
When should you be doing it?
Why should you teach algebra to young students?
Because it will challenge them while reinforcing their basic computation skills. Compared to those boring "practice sheets" you're using, algebraic problem solving presents a greater challenge and is also more motivational, because your students know they're doing something hard, not just repeating an exercise over and over and over and over again....
Does this mean you'll be standing at the board throwing the equations "5x + 6 = 9" and telling your students the "rules" for solving algebraic equations?
This is a collection of 20 different puzzles that use 0-9 digit cards to encourage your students to both master their basic number facts but also think algebraically. The puzzles are designed in a way that your students can use a variety of strategies to solve them: they can "guess and check" their way through it by placing the digit cards directly on the puzzle and checking to see if the solutions are correct. But they can also "use the clues" to help them: for example, if the clue is ? + ? + 4 = 14, then they'll figure out through deductive reasoning that the ? have to be 5 each (because the two "?" have the same geometric shape, which you can see in the preview.)
I've also included a sheet where your students can record their solutions, as well as "DIY" blank pages so your students can make up their own puzzles.
Another great product that you should definitely use from the SamizdatMath Labs!