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Patterns, Relations and Algebra


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      Overview: Talking with Teachers about Patterns, Functions and Algebra

      From an early age, students develop an awareness of numerical patterns. For example, children may notice how house numbers change while they're walking down the street. As students advance in their study of mathematics, they begin to represent these patterns using variables, algebraic expressions, tables, graphs, equations, inequalities and functions. Students learn to manipulate polynomial expressions and solve linear and quadratic equations. These skills allow them to recognize patterns in real world situations and to represent and solve real world problems algebraically.

      Even though students will not receive a score for the Mathematical Processes standard on the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT), it is still an important part of the curriculum. Content and processes should be taught in tandem. To better understand Patterns, Relations and Algebra, click on the dropdown menu above and select Mathematical Processes.

      The content in this Teaching Tool is based largely on the Ohio Mathematics Content Standards and Benchmarks and includes released items from the OGT. Additionally, these materials are aligned with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards. While various activities are suggested for working with students, this Teaching Tool is designed to complement a rigorous, research-based curriculum, not to substitute for one.

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