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Planting the Seeds of Algebra, PreK–2

Explorations for the Early Grades
By: Monica Neagoy

Foreword by Jennifer Bay Williams

The author provides in-depth math “explorations,” strategies, grade-banded lessons, and step-by-step guidance for building a strong foundation in algebra for very young children.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12, Elementary
  • ISBN: 9781412996600
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2012
  • Page Count: 208
  • Publication date: May 28, 2014

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Help young minds explore algebraic concepts

Algebra is the gateway to higher education, and preparing students to grasp algebraic concepts increases their opportunities to succeed. This book shows teachers how to create a strong foundation in algebra for very young children. Using in-depth math "explorations," the author unpacks—step by step—the hidden connections to higher algebra. Each exploration contains an elegantly simple grade-banded lesson (on addition, subtraction, patterns, and odd and even numbers), followed by a discussion of the algebra connections in the lesson, as well as suggestions for additional problems to explore. Throughout, readers will find:

  • Clear explanations of algebraic connections
  • Specific strategies for teaching the key ideas of algebra
  • Lesson modifications for older or younger students
  • An array of age-appropriate problems, games, and lessons

 Planting the seeds of Algebra, PreK–2 helps teachers foster mathematical habits of mind in students such as critical thinking, problem solving, adaptability, agility, communication, curiosity, and imagination. Growth in these ways of thinking and doing will transfer to other areas of education and life—raising the bar and challenging students to aspire.

Key features

  • Through the examination of four explorations, Planting the Seeds of Algebra, provides details for how algebraic thinking can be effectively incorporated into the teaching and learning of PreK-2 mathematics. Key ideas of algebra are weaved into these explorations, such as the difference and connection between variable and unknown, equality and equivalence; expressions and equations. Also, the relationship between patterns and functions, functions and algebra, and consequently patterns and algebra will be clarified.
  • Each chapter offers profound discussions on topics such as number properties, basic facts, computation, patterns, functions, math games, and so on, all of which are of direct concern to early elementary school teachers.
  • Each chapter contains a section that revisits the different stages of the lesson and discussion, bringing to light the connections to algebra that teachers are sometimes unaware of. The purpose of this section is therefore to guide teachers to become mindful of the rich potential of laying a solid algebra foundation through the mathematics they already teach every day.




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Monica Neagoy

Monica Neagoy, international consultant and popular keynote speaker, has a passion for mathematics. The facets of her 25-year mathematics career include teacher professional development, math specialist training, national/international conference speeches, live television courses, video creation and hosting, and live shows including her popular MathMagic show. Whether here or abroad, whether speaking English, French, or Spanish, Monica’s life-long goal is to infuse people with a fascination for the wonder of mathematics.

Dr. Neagoy began her career teaching mathematics at Georgetown University. Later, she was a program director at the National Science Foundation (NSF), where she oversaw national projects. As an independent national mathematics consultant, she has served numerous school districts across the country and notable organizations including the Carnegie Institution of Washington, PBS TeacherLine, MATHCOUNTS, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Since 2005, she broadened her mathematics consulting to serve Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, in addition to the United States.

Dr. Neagoy has had a parallel career in theatre as actor, choreographer, and stage-director, particularly with the professional LE NEON Theatre in the Washington, D.C. area. Her exposure to many cultures, mastery of several languages, double career in the arts and the sciences, and mindfulness training through yoga practice and teaching provide her with a unique perspective on the learning and teaching of mathematics. Her passions for mathematics and the arts converge in her popular presentation, "The Mathematics of Beauty and the Beauty of Mathematics."

Dr. Neagoy combined her love for the arts and the sciences in the creation of innovative mathematics videos series for teachers and students, including Discovering Algebra with Graphing Calculators (Discovery Education), Algebra Nspirations (Media4Math), and Video #7 of Mathematics: What's the Big Idea? titled “Algebra: It Begins in Kindergarten” (Annenberg Learner).

Monica was educated in the French school system, grades 1–12, in Asia and the United States. She has a BS in mathematics and philosophy from Georgetown University, an MA in pure mathematics from Catholic University, and a PhD in mathematics education from the University of Maryland.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by Jennifer Bay-Williams


About the Author


Exploration I. Addition: Beyond Just Memorizing Addition Facts

1. Making 7 - The Lesson (Grades PreK-K)

2. Behind Making 7 - Algebra Connections

3. Beyond Making 7 - More Problems to Explore

Exploration II. Subtraction: More Than Just "Take Away"

4. Sticker Stickler - The Lesson (Grades 1-2)

5. Behind Sticker Stickler - Algebra Connections

6. Beyond Sticker Stickler - More Problems to Explore

Exploration III. Patterns and Functions: What's the Connection?

7. Patterns of Cubes - The Lesson (Grade 2)

8. Behind Patterns of Cubes - Algebra Connections

9. Beyond Patterns of Cubes - More Problems to Explore

Exploration IV. Odd and Even Numbers: Beyond the Last-Digit Rule

10. Double Deckers - A Math-Night Presentation

11. Final Thoughts





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