Students fail algebra because of learning that happens starting in Kindergarten! As we work to improve our math instruction, here are five areas you can help improve with your child to ensure they will be proficient in Math in the future, when the underpinnings of Algebra are really applied in the classroom.
1. Number line: Students need to know where numbers fall. Is it closer to zero or 100? or 1000?
2. Not understanding the Equal sign! The equal sign means: The Same as...
3. Not understanding place value. The number 374 does not have 7 tens. it have 37 tens. otherwise, next time I see you I will give you $374 in tens.
4. Fraction concepts
5. The distributive property
Ask your student if they have learned about any of these topics.
Erin Holland is the Curriculum Coordinator at Lockport 91.
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