=E2=80=94(2008) Invited book. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann Publishers.

Algebra in the Elementary Classroom

provides the support we nee= d as teachers to embed the development of students=E2=80=99 algebraic think= ing in the teaching of elementary school.=E2=80=94Megan Loef FrankeCoauthor ofChildren=E2=80=99s MathematicsandThinking Mathematically

How do you start students down the road to mathematical understanding? B= y laying the foundation for algebra in the elementary grades.

*Algebra and the Elementary Classroom *shares ideas, tasks, =
and practices for integrating algebraic thinking into your teaching. Throug=
h research-based and classroom-tested strategies, it demonstrates how to us=
e materials you have on hand to prepare students for formal algebra instruc=
tion=E2=80=94without adding to your overstuffed curriculum. You=E2=80=99ll =
find ways to:

**introduce algebraic thinking**through familiar ari= thmetical contexts**nurture it**by helping students think about, repre= sent, and build arguments for their mathematical ideas**develop it**by exploring mathematical structures a= nd functional relationships**strengthen it**by asking students to make algebrai= c connections across the curriculum**reinforce it**across the grades through a schoolwi= de initiative.

No matter what your math background is,* Algebra and the Element=
ary Classroom *offers strong support for integrating algebraic thi=
nking into your daily teaching. Its clear descriptions show you what algebr=
aic thinking is and how to teach it. Its sample problems deepen your own al=
gebraic thinking. Best of all, it gives you ideas for grade-specific instru=
ctional planning.

Read *Algebra and the Elementary Classroom *and prepare=
your students for a lifetime of mathematical understanding.