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Sunday, 07 March 2010 | 4 Comments

Starting Algebra with Year 8, we spend a couple of lessons on various “algebraic techniques”. I’ve been trying to find some activities which provide a little more engagement. I created “*The Land of Algerb*“ to explain multiplying pronumerals.

Using a story and a coloured worksheet worked surprisingly well. I don’t know yet if the story has helped my class understand the technique, but they all actively completed the activity keen to ensure their own story way correct.

The activity

- tell the story, using the PowerPoint as the visual.

- hand out the template, and get the students to create their own story.

In the land of Algerb there were two kingdoms, the kingdom of 2*x* and the kingdom of 3*y*. The King of 3*y* and the Queen of 2*x* both wanted to increase their lands.

The King of 3*y* and the Queen of 2*x* took their explorers to the undiscovered land.

Whilst in this new land, the people mingled.

The numbers met the numbers and the letters met the letters.

The two kingdoms became one, the numbers multiplied, but the letters stayed the same.

A new nation had been formed, each nation’s numbers had been made bigger. But the letters of each nation were still distinctive. The *x*s from the 2*x* kingdom and the *y*s from the nation of 3*y*.

*The end.*

In the zip file below there are two files:

- the-land-of-algerb.pdf includes the story with visuals, and a colour worksheet with 2 A5 versions of the storyboard.

- the-land-of-algerb.pptx is the PowerPoint of the story.

The Land of Algerb - Files
ZIP, 389 KB

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