Algebra Basics was created for the pre-course review lesson for Algebra 2; however, it should be useful at lower levels as an introduction to algebra as well. If you have Captivate 7 you can easily split up the topics, add to the lesson, or make other customizations. The base of this lesson can be useful as a template for other algebra lessons with the little stick it notes being there to remind students to simplify (combine like terms and distributive property) and the order of transformation steps.
Topics covered in this lesson:
Much emphasis is placed on helping students to understand the similarities and differences between PEMDAS, distributive property, and the order of steps done in transformations. This is often and area of confusion to students new to algebra. There is a solid emphasis on the differences of combining like terms between addition and subtraction of like terms and the rules regarding multiplication and division of like terms. This is another area that often trips up students new to algebra.
Terms: expression, algebraic expression, equation, algebraic equation, monomials, binomials, trinomials, polynomials. like terms, simplification, transformation, and more.
Interactive activities included: A drag and drop like term sorting activity, data entry at key steps in solving an algebraic equation