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From: Owen

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2007090411:54:43
Subject: Re: algebra why?

you need to learn algebra because all math is algebra.  All numbers
are an algebra statement.  The formula for a number is:

Number = groups times units

N  = g x u

   To understand math a person must understand this basic formula (see
dictionary).  You must have both parts -groups and units -or you do
not have a number.  If this is explained to children in K-4 years they
will do well in all math.

Gail said the following in her answer to your question.

"The big ideas in number include the many meanings of numbers; systems
of counting numbers (i.e., one-to-one correspondence,
increasing and decreasing by one more and less, skip counting);
composing and decomposing numbers, place value relationships, and
part-whole relationships."


"Children whose skills and strategies are based on understanding of
fundamental mathematical concepts are more likely to retain
and be able to expand their knowledge and understanding in later

I agree with this.  The meaning of a number is the most important
thing for children to learn.  If they know this then all other math is
not as hard to understand.  

  If you want to know more about this and how to teach this basic
information you can find it on the "DotMath for kids" web site.  You
can find the dotmath site if you type in dotmath for kids into any
search box.

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