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

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

We wrote the *Foundations of Algebra* manuscript for the Prealgebra classes at Santa Ana and Santiago Canyon Colleges. It was used for nearly ten years and provided students with a bridge between arithmetic and beginning algebra. Student understanding of algebraic concepts was supported through the use of manipulative activities called *Manipulative Mathematics*. Students’ literacy in written English and fluency with mathematical vocabulary were addressed through *Links to Literacy* activities. And every lesson in *Foundations of Algebra *included a pro-active study skills activity, which we called *Strategies for Success*.

Our *Foundations of Algebra* manuscript evolved into three textbooks that have been published and are available to teachers and students anywhere.

The mathematics content of *Foundations of Algebra* was expanded to become two textbooks, *Prealgebra* and *Elementary Algebra, *published by OpenStax. Both books maintain our philosophy of fostering conceptual understanding of mathematics through the use of manipulatives. Working on her own, Lynn went on to author *Intermediate Algebra, *which has also been published by OpenStax. The texts can be read online or downloaded at no cost from OpenStax.org.

*Strategies for Success: Study Skills for the College Math Student*, is available from Pearson Higher Education in workbook or electronic format.

The *Manipulative Mathematics or Links to Literacy* links on the menu bar above take you to pages with more information about, and samples of, these unique features we included in *Foundations of Algebra*. We invite you to use them with your students!

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Good day! I just want to ask if you have something for operations on polynomials? Thanks a lot.

We don’t have any activities for operations on polynomials. We’ve found that if students have a firm understanding of operations with integers, they find operations on polynomials to be fairly straight-forward.

pls, help me with teaching multiplication of signed numbers. i have enjoyed the other lessons.

We do multiplication of signed numbers by looking for the patterns in addition of signed numbers. The Signed Number packet on our Manipulative Mathematics page should help you.

I’ve heard good things about Manipulative Mathematics. I’m a math instructional coach and would love to take a look at some of the activities for possible use on my campus. Could I get the password please?

Is this the site that has the modules? If so, may I have the password? Thank you!