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Learn elementary algebra with Smartick. Exercises, theory, tutorials, and teaching resources about algebra for elementary aged children. Here you will find posts about algebra to make learning mathematics easier and more fun.

Jul23

Mental Math Strategies for Children

Mental Math Strategies for Children

Scientific evidence tells us that children with learning difficulties who do not use mental math strategies have poor results in this area, similar to those of children with learning difficulties specific to math. That is why at Smartick we wanted to make sure that all children develop mental math strategies. In this post, we are […]

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Mar09

Reducible Equations: What Are They? How Do We Solve Them?

Reducible Equations: What Are They? How Do We Solve Them?

In this post, we are going to explain reducible equations with several examples taken from Smartick’s daily sessions. We will begin with some easier examples, and work our way toward those that are more complicated. If you need to review what an equation is, and its terms, you can take a look at this previous […]

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Sep30

The Associative Property and Mental Math

The Associative Property and Mental Math

In today’s post, we will see how useful the associative property can be when we want to do mental math with addition and multiplication. To begin, I would recommend that you review these earlier posts from our blog about the associative property that could be very useful: Addition and Multiplication Multiplication What is the associative […]

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Jul15

What is Subitizing and How to Improve It

What is Subitizing and How to Improve It

Before we start, what is subitizing? Before tackling how to take on Smartick’s activities on subitizing, we’ll start with an example to help us understand what it is. It is Friday afternoon and you have gone to see a movie with two friends. You get ready in a hurry, are the first to arrive at […]

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May20

How to Subtract Polynomials with Help from Algebra Tiles

How to Subtract Polynomials with Help from Algebra Tiles

We are going to dedicate this entry to working with manipulative materials known as algebra tiles. Although you may have a good idea of this topic, it is always good to go back and refresh your memory – we recommend this post. Are you ready? Well, let’s go! How to Subtract Polynomials Our goal is going […]

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Feb18

How to Support Learning Mathematics for 4 Year Olds

How to Support Learning Mathematics for 4 Year Olds

Mathematics forms a part of our life practically from the time that we are born. From the time we are very young, without evening realizing, we participate in all types of activities that aid in the development and construction of mathematical thinking. “Humans are born with the fundamental sense of quantity.” – James Geary Presenting […]

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Jun04

Representing Polynomials with Algebra Tiles

Representing Polynomials with Algebra Tiles

Today we’re going to take a look at a very useful system of representing and working with monomials and polynomials: algebra tiles. They’re very intuitive and easy to use, and we’re currently incorporating them into our platform so that our students have this resource available when working with polynomials in their daily Smartick sessions. If you’re not […]

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Feb02

Prime Numbers Activities with Smartick

Prime Numbers Activities with Smartick

In previous posts we’ve learned about prime numbers and composite numbers. Today we’re going to look at different sequenced prime numbers activities involving prime numbers that Smartick students work on. We’ve included examples of different types and levels, from identifying whether a number is prime or composite to finding the least common multiple and highest common factor through […]

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Jan01

Using Singapore Bars to Solve Algebraic Equations

Using Singapore Bars to Solve Algebraic Equations

In today’s post we’re going to learn how to solve algebraic equations using the Singapore bars method. This method helps us to visualize the information graphically when we read an algebraic word problem, which helps us to solve it. Let’s look at an example of how to solve an algebraic problem with and without Singapore bars. Example of an […]

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Nov13

Mathematical Symbols to Represent Operations and Relations

Mathematical Symbols to Represent Operations and Relations

Symbols are images that represent something. In general, symbols are determined by their context. In mathematics, symbols generally represent operations or relationships between numbers or values. In this week’s post we’re going to talk about mathematical symbols. There are a lot, so we’re just going to look at the most important. Addition + This is […]

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Sep20

Introduction to Equations with an Example

Introduction to Equations with an Example

In today’s post we’re going to look at the concept of equations. To start, we’re going to take a look at this situation: “One third of Cecilia’s flowerpots contain daisies, half of them are full of pansies, and the other twelve contain poppies. How many flowerpots does Cecilia have?” Think about it, and see if […]

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