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  • Christine Pomatto

    June 16, 2022 at 1:37 pm

    I love this example! I texted a picture of it to my grade-level team to see if they could solve it. I mentioned this in my last response, but this is really helping me see the value of algebra tiles. Having the visual (and being able to show it in multiple ways) helps students understand what all those numbers and symbols mean.

    I could see this problem as the type of thing we come back to every once in a while. At the beginning of the year, maybe they would be solving using a purely visual approach (drawing pictures or even using manipulatives). Later in the year, it could apply to area or algebraic expressions (or both).