# Back to School: Algebra Vocab Isn't Foreign Activity

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Year after year Algebra students everywhere walk into classrooms expecting Algebra to be foreign to them. This activity is designed to introduce students to 60 algebra vocabulary terms. The hope is that students will realize that Algebra is not a foreign language! In fact they are already familiar with definitions of various vocabulary terms (example: absolute, intercept, simplify, term). This is a great game to play in the first week of school in order to familiarize students with Algebra vocab from the start!

To play:
1) Print out all of the cards and recording sheets! (You may even want to use cardstock, and laminate the cards.) The recording sheets will print two to a page in order to save paper. You will need to cut out the cards and divide the recording sheets.
2)Give each students 2 cards (or more if you have extra!) and a recording sheet!
3)Explain to students that together they are going to build a story! The individual with card #1 will begin (if possible the teacher may want to assign card #1 to themselves so that they can model the activity!) The person with card #1 will make up a sentence that includes their vocabulary word (or a form of their word! (e.g absolute/absolutely, plane/planes, addition/adding). One example using word #1, absolute would be: “Mrs. Robbins told students that she required absolute secrecy from her students in regards to tests.” The individual with card #2, additive, could then add on “The students wondered if the test would be all addition problems or if there would be other topics covered.” Then the student with card #3 would create a sentence that goes along with the story that includes their word and so on.... In the end, students will have built a story using their words. As the story is formed each student will also record the numbers on their vocabulary cards, and the sentences they created using each vocab word, on the recording sheet. (That way the teacher can later put the story together and possibly print out copies to hand out to students.)

Variation: Divide students into small groups (3-4 students). Hand out a certain amount of cards to each group (Example: If you have 6 groups, each group could have 10 cards). Each group will then use the cards they were given to create a simple story. After a given amount of time (15-20min) have each group share their stories with the class. You could also allow access to a thesaurus during this activity!

If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, etc, please email me at: 4theLoveofMath2@gmail.com

Thank you!

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