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Saturday, March 2 • 9:40am - 10:55am
Math Snacks: Learning expressions with creativity through Agrinautica

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Agrinautica is a new computer-based game, part of the already existing Math Snacks suite of learning materials. Math Snacks Early Algebra focuses on student understanding of early algebra concepts as they relate to the Common Core State Standards and Mathematical Practices. Early algebra is an emerging term in math education research (Lins & Kaput, 2004) focused on the introduction of algebraic thinking in the elementary grades.

In this session, we'll explore the following key concepts:
-Comfort with the notation and syntax of expressions
-Facility in reading, writing, and interpreting numerical expressions
-Utility in writing an expression to represent a specific numeric value
-Understanding that when there is more than one operation, order matters
-Experience mathematics as something that can be explored
-Ask questions and make conjectures
-Practice and reinforce simple mental math

After discussing what students may know or not know about writing numerical expressions, we'll play Math Snacks: Agrinautica to create bright, beautiful plants on the screen by using parenthesis, operations, and digits 1 through 9. The more complex their expression becomes, the bigger and brighter their plants will be! The goal is to increase the use of parentheses and operations to make the sunburst as big as possible.

BOYD: Please bring a laptop, tablet or iPad with you to this session, if you have one available. 

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Ted Stanford

Associate Professor, New Mexico State University
I am a topologist by temperament and training, which means I have trouble telling the difference between a donut and a coffee cup, or between a five-dollar bill and a ten-dollar bill. I managed to earn a PhD in 1993, after which I had faculty positions at the University of California... Read More →
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Ruth Constansa Torres Castillo

PhD Student, New Mexico State University
Ruth Torres Castillo is a senior Ph.D. student in the Interdisciplinary Doctorate with a concentration in Curriculum & Instruction and Computer Science at New Mexico State University (NMSU). She received a Masters degree in Management of Information Technologies from Instituto Tecnologico... Read More →

Saturday March 2, 2019 9:40am - 10:55am
  • WHAT WILL ATTENDEES GAIN? To develop discussion regarding what students may know and not know about writing numeric expressions.
  • BEYOND "STAND & DELIVER" All of the Math Snacks and Math Snacks Early Algebra materials are designed to enhance the curriculum used by teachers and not intended to replace it.
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