◊ This is a tentative schedule, based on my best estimate of how long things take. Topics may move or vanish.
◊ Because of the cumulative nature of some of the work, it is important to attend everything.
◊ We will start on time every day.
◊ Mini-breakfast: 8:30 a.m. School day: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Polyomino Perimeter: a discovery lesson connected to many algebra topics
Welcome and Introductions
Stairs and Slope: geoboard, electronic graphing
Interpreting Graphs: "real world" connections of slope, intercept, linear vs. non-linear cases
Lab Gear 1: introduction to algebra manipulatives, the area model
Pattern Block Trains: discovery lesson, geometric context for slope-intercept
Lab Gear 2: perimeter, combining like terms; factoring, identities
Square Roots on the Geoboard: geometry of simplifying radicals, Pythagorean connection
Lab Gear 3: equations, arithmetic, functions
Function Diagrams: parallel axes representation of functions, focus on linear functions
Parabolas and Quadratics: in-depth analysis at an Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and teacher levels
The McNuggets problem: a rich number-based
Gear 4: miscellaneous advanced topics, completing
Constant Sums, Constant Products: a non-traditional approach to traditional topics
New Paths to the Quadratic Formula: two graphical approaches
Lab Gear 5:
loose ends, connections to graphing, review / overview
Wrap-up and closing: evaluation, reflection, implementation