# Primary maths: Algebra

## Break down these tricky concepts and build learners' confidence with help from this collection of amazing algebra activities

It's no surprise that the introduction of letters into a maths lesson can be unnerving for pupils. As you start to introduce learners to a dominant secondary maths topic, ensure you take the time to explain the ideas clearly in an approachable way. From easy-to-use presentations through to fun games and puzzles, check out just some of the great ideas of the Tes community.

### Classroom activities

Why not approach this topic in a practical way? From concrete tasks to colouring exercises and perplexing puzzles, there is plenty for learners to investigate.

#### Algebra Shape Puzzles

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#### Algebra

This activity explores the concept of algebra.

• Pupils should complete these tasks using concrete manipulatives as part of the CPA approach

• Pupils should be encouraged to explain their working in full sentences

• These tasks may be adapted with pupils working in pairs to encourage mathematical discussion

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#### Colour by Algebra Year 6 Activity

Colour by Algebra - an extension activity for my Year 6 class using what they know about solving simple algebraic formulas.

#### Year 6 Maths: Algebra

- Use simple formulae

- Generate and describe linear number sequences

- Express missing number problems algebraically

- Find pairs of numbers that satisfy an equation of two unknowns

- Enumerate possibilities of combinations of two variables

The pack can be used for reinforcement, in Maths centres for review, Morning Maths work, as well as for home learning tasks.

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### Lesson ideas

Offer clarity from the outset and explore how letters can be used to represent numbers with help from these comprehensive introductions.

#### Simple introduction to algebra KS2

#### Year 6: Algebra Unit of Work (2 weeks)

Objectives covered in unit of work:

A1: Use simple formulae

A2: Generate and describe linear number sequences

A3: Express missing number problems algebraically

A4: Find pairs of numbers that satisfy number sentences involving two unknowns

A5: Enumerate possibilities of combinations of two variables

End of Unit Assessment

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#### Basic Algebra

Final slide on each presentation has some questions for the chn to work through independently.

I created this as 2 post SATS lessons for year 6.

#### UKS2 Algebra Unit (Mastery / Singapore approach)

Can be used in tandem with maths mastery / Singapore / Shanghai numeracy schemes, like White Rose.

Lessons include: solving one step and two step problems, finding a one-step a two-step rule / rules, finding pairs of values, finding an unknown value, expressing algebraic rules, and enumerate / enumerating possibilities.

All resources designed to engage learners using concrete, pictorial and abstract representations.

At least three weeks of lessons included in the PowerPoint, with hundreds of algebra slides!

Great for Year 5 or Year 6; upper Key Stage Two (KS2); even Key Stage Three (KS3)

### Games

Challenge your class to test and consolidate their understanding, while developing a friendly competitive spirit, using these ready-to-use resources.

#### Algebra Substitution Bingo Game

This game is an easily printed and prepared thanks to easy-cut guides. It comes with well-explained rules of play, and makes a great time filler for an entire class or a high quality game for one on one tuition.

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#### Algebra Tic-Tac-Toe

One player is X's and one is O's. Players take turns answering problems. For each right answer they get to put a X or O on their spot.

The first player to create a line of 4 is the winner. The line can go across, down or diagonally.

Let your students have fun and learn at the same time!

The answer key is included.

Laminate and use dry-erase markers.

#### Algebra Card Match. Sequences. Algebra. Game.

#### Maths Year 6 algebra, KS3 or KS4 revision. Four games to try - throw the dice, match to equation.

Throw the dice, and match the equation to the score. Claim that tile, and the next person throws.

All solutions are in the range of 1 - 6, so easy arithmetic.

But game can be adapted any way you like - solve all the equations first, then play the dice game to make three in a row, or four in a row.

The second set is throw the dice and substitute the scores into the expressions, then find the numbers in the grid.

Give feedback please, on suggested improvements.