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In this math lesson, learners explore linear patterns, write a pattern in symbolic form, and solve linear equations using algebra tiles, symbolic manipulation, and a graphing calculator. The lesson begins with the presentation of the yoyo problem. Then learners complete a handson activity involving a design created with pennies. Algebra tiles are introduced next as learners practice solving linear equations. Finally, learners return to solving the yoyo problem.
 Under 5 minutes
 45 to 60 minutes
 1 cent  $1 per group of students
 Ages 14  18
 Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan
 English
Quick Guide
Materials List (per group of students)
 Graphing calculator and overhead unit
 Overhead projector
 Overhead algebra tiles
 31 pennies
 Set of algebra tiles
 Graphing calculators
Subjects

Mathematics

Algebra
 Equations and Inequalities
 Patterns
 Variables and Expressions

Algebra
Informal Categories
 Financial Literacy
 Toys
Audience
To use this activity, learners need to:
 see
 read
 touch
Learning styles supported:
 Involves teamwork and communication skills
 Involves handson or lab activities
Other
Includes assesments for student learning:
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Access Rights:
 Free access
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Rights:
 All rights reserved, PBS, 2012
Funding Source:
 US Department of Education