This presentation offers a basic introduction to algebra tiles. It begins with a review of vocabulary and the materials they will need. Then the teacher leads students through how the tiles are named for their area. The teacher will tell students how the ones tile is named by its area, and from there, students are able to discover how the x and x-squared tiles are named. Throughout the presentation, students see what their notes need to look like (right side), along with what the models they create need to look like (left side).
After certain parts of the presentation, there are checkpoints to see how well students are understanding the material. There is a simple exit ticket at the end.
Towards the end of the presentation, students are to model expressions using algebra tiles and write expressions based on algebra tile models.
***Although students learn how to name the x-squared tile, they are not required to model expressions with them at this level. Therefore, there are no examples that include x-squared.***