Foundations for Algebra Concept Map

Reflections of a Second-career Math Teacher

I’ve spent all day creating the following concept map.  It depicts many of the arithmetic properties, operations, rules, and structures students must master to succeed in algebra; in other words, the foundations for algebra.  It is extremely busy, and too much information for one handout.  However, it helps me relate various concepts together as I plan out detailed lessons for the first unit of a Common Core State Standards (CCSS)-based curriculum.  Plus, I enjoyed the challenge of showing most of the foundational concepts used in algebra on one page.  You will need to click on the following figure to have any hope of reading the details.

Any comments related to concepts to add, delete, or modify?  Or on anything else?

I expect to revise this single map view several times then extract it into multiple maps with one overview map tying the lower level ones together.  I might even try…

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About Dave aka Mr. Math Teacher

Independent consultant and junior college adjunct instructor. Former secondary math teacher who taught math intervention, algebra 1, geometry, accelerated algebra 2, precalculus, honors precalculus, AP Calculus AB, and AP Statistics. Prior to teaching, I spent 25 years in high tech in engineering, marketing, sales and business development roles in the satellite communications, GPS, semiconductor, and wireless industries. I am awed by the potential in our nation's youth and I hope to instill in them the passion to improve our world at local, state, national, and global levels.
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2 Responses to Foundations for Algebra Concept Map

  1. Jerry Heverly says:

    I tried and tried to print the concept map but there must be some problem with the image size. I can’t read the text in the boxes. Any chance of sending it some other way?


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