Algebra Through Visual Patterns: A Beginning Course in Algebra
This two volume set of teachers guides provides a semester’s worth of student activities designed to help teachers address algebra instruction. Students learn about and connect algebra and geometry through the use of manipulatives, sketches, and diagrams. The course also links the resulting visual developments to symbolic rules and procedures.
The ideas and lessons presented are appropriate for all students learning first-year algebra whether their instruction is taking place in middle school, high school, or community college.
View sample: Lesson 1 - Tiles Patterns and Graphing
The Algebra Manipulative Kit is optional and sold separately. Although blackline masters of required manipulatives are included in the teachers guide, the manufactured items in the manipulative kit are more colorful and durable.
See also free Virtual Algebra Pieces app developed by Dr. Laurie Burton of Western Oregon University.