Bringing the Real World into Algebra

With units for Years 5/6 and Years 9/10, the special topic “Bringing the Real World into Algebra” helps students understand the purposes of algebra and promotes algebraic thinking (especially functions). Real world contexts are brought to the classroom through digital images, hands on activities and data collection. Students solve real world problems through mathematical modelling that involves functions. For Years 5/6, algebraic thinking is in focus as students pay attention to the relationship between two variables, and link visual, numerical, and verbal representations.  For Years 9/10, students move from real world images to the graphical and symbolic representations as they generalise and apply findings to new examples.

The Year 9 and 10 tasks require access to computers, tablets or graphics/CAS calculators and student use of digital photos. They use free dynamic geometry software and common spreadsheet tools.