How to Use This Course
What would you say if we told you that kids as young as early elementary can learn the principles of algebra that will make high school math much simpler? Through his unique, fun, and practical worksheets, Bob Hazen introduces elementary and early middle school students to the concepts they’ll need to gain a solid understanding of pre-algebra and algebra later in their education. Thirteen supplemental math worksheets enable students to practice skills such as skip counting and multiples. (Please note: these are supplemental worksheets only, not a full algebra class.)
Welcome to Algebra For Kids at SchoolhouseTeachers.com!
Now that summer’s over, I take off my hat of doing our SAI (Summer Algebra Institute for Kids) “camps.” We just finished our 20th summer at SAI of teaching substantive algebra to kids as young as third grade. In SAI, we use color, shape, size, texture, music, and manipulatives to show kids how to do algebra that is normally not seen until a regular Algebra 1 course in 7th or 8th grade (or even older)!
In my programs I identify a handful of principles that reveal the unity of mathematics across grades and across topics. What I mean by “principle” is a grand idea that connects, organizes, and unifies a field of study across topics and levels. In biology, for example, one principle is that all living things are either animals (that reproduce sexually) or plants (that reproduce asexually). This principle of biology is used and referred to again and again at all levels of biological study, from an introductory biology lesson in elementary school to a biology textbook in high school.
One of the principles that we have identified—and you’ll see in the worksheets offered inside this course—is the Skip Counting Principle. The Skip Counting Principle is the grand idea regarding the ability of counting in groups: counting in multiples of a number, such as “5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 . . . ” The skill of skip counting connects with and reinforces—and can be a solid foundation for—almost every area of elementary arithmetic: basic addition facts, basic multiplication facts, factors, divisors, multiples, common multiples, common factors, common denominators, number sense, operation sense, algebraic factoring, and even prime numbers and composite numbers.
These worksheets are recommended for third and fourth graders, but younger students can “stretch up” and achieve these concepts, and this is excellent work, as well, for older students (fifth and sixth graders) who still need to achieve some basic skills.
A final note: the skill of skip counting can so easily be enhanced by the use of skip count songs that kids listen to and gradually memorize. At our website, www.AlgebraForKids.com, there are two different skip count song CDs available. Each CD has a unique set of lyrics and melody for each of the numbers 2 through 10. (These songs aren’t necessary for acquiring the skill of skip counting, but they can prove helpful. The CDs are not free and are not a part of this course at SchoolhouseTeachers.com.)
We hope you enjoy these worksheets and Algebra for Kids!
Worksheets that teach important algebraic principles that students as young as first and second grade can learn and retain
- Algebra For Kids Weeks One-Thirteen
- Skip Counting Week One
- Skip Counting Week Two
- Skip Counting Week Three
- Skip Counting Week Four
- Skip Counting Week Five
- Skip Counting Week Six
- Skip Counting Week Seven
- Skip Counting Week Eight
- Skip Counting Week Nine
- Skip Counting Week Ten
- Skip Counting Week Eleven
- Skip Counting Week Twelve
- Skip Counting Week Thirteen
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