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Math Example: Algebra Tiles: Example 11

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# Math Example: Algebra Tiles: Example 11

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Numerical and Algebraic Expressions

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This example illustrates the subtraction of -3 from -8 using algebra tiles. The image shows 8 red tiles representing -8, and 3 red tiles are removed to demonstrate the subtraction of -3. The result is 5 red tiles, visually showing that -8 - (-3) = -5.

Algebra tiles are a powerful tool for teaching numerical and algebraic expressions, especially when dealing with operations involving negative numbers. By providing a visual and tactile representation of abstract concepts, these tiles help students develop a concrete understanding of mathematical operations. This approach is particularly beneficial for students who struggle with traditional abstract methods, as it allows them to physically manipulate the tiles and observe the outcomes of different operations.

Presenting multiple worked-out examples is crucial for students to fully grasp mathematical concepts. Each example offers a new perspective on the topic, allowing students to see how the same principles apply in different scenarios. This repetition and variety help reinforce the underlying concepts, improve pattern recognition, and develop problem-solving skills. As students encounter various examples, they become more adept at applying their knowledge to new and unfamiliar situations, building confidence in their mathematical abilities.

Teacher Script: "Let's explore what happens when we subtract a negative number from another negative number using algebra tiles. We start with 8 red tiles for negative 8. To subtract negative 3, we remove 3 red tiles. Count how many red tiles are left. You should see 5 red tiles remaining. This shows us that negative 8 minus negative 3 equals negative 5. Can you explain why subtracting a negative number is the same as adding its positive counterpart? How does this visual method help you understand operations with negative numbers better?"

For a complete collection of math examples related to Numerical and Algebraic Expressions click on this link: __Math Examples: Algebra Tiles Collection.__

Common Core Standards | CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.EE.B.5, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.7.EE.B.3 |
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Grade Range | 6 - 12 |

Curriculum Nodes |
Algebra• Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities• Algebra Tiles--Expressions and Equations |

Copyright Year | 2013 |

Keywords | variable, variable expression, equation, solution, algebra tiles |