## Foundations of Algebra

**by Lynn Marecek and MaryAnne Anthony-Smith**

Hi! We are excited to introduce *Foundations of Algebra *to you!

*Foundations of Algebra* is a manuscript being used right now in the Prealgebra classes at Santa Ana and Santiago Canyon Colleges. It provides students with a bridge between arithmetic and beginning algebra. Student understanding of algebraic concepts is supported through the use of manipulative activities called *Manipulative Mathematics*. Students’ literacy in written English and fluency with mathematical vocabulary are addressed through *Links to Literacy* activities. And every lesson in *Foundations of Algebra *includes a pro-active study skills activity, which we call *Take Charge of Your Success*.

Click on the *Manipulative Mathematics or Links to Literacy* links on the menu bar above to learn more about these unique features of *Foundations of Algebra*. The *Strategies for Success *link will give you information about our study skills workbook published by Pearson Higher Education.

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I would like to be able to view the activities and manipulatives you have on your site. Thanks!

Melodie, I sent you the password to access the manipulative activities. Please let us know if you use them.

Ladies,

My name is Lisa Levy and I am a SPED Teacher at an alternative high school in Georgia. I am constantly looking for additional ways to introduce and engage my students in my math courses. Most of the students I teach come with a dislike of “Math” solely as a result of not understanding it and therefore not wanting to be bothered with learning it. Many or years behind and have numerous LD and large gaps in their math knowledge. I have used the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives but was intrigued by what I saw on your website and was wondering if there was a way to obtain access to resources under your Mathematics manipulative’s tab

Regards

Lisa

Lisa, I just sent you an email letting you know how to access the materials on our website.