Algebra building blocks
I was always good at math. Simple math. With a calculator. I never had trouble with algebra but a remarkable amount of people in my class did. Their main beef seemed to not being able to comprehend that ‘a’ was an unknown amount and that b = 27 because we were told it did.
So I was thinking, what if there was an actual a. Like a big red a. And you’d have b and c and x etc and you would build the formula. Then the teacher would stick a number on a few of them, or give the total amount the formula made, and you could really get a grasp on how when you take away b and c the remainder equals a.
This has to already be a thing somewhere.
The idea is that you have obstacle courses, cooking classes, even knitting and painting where the kids/teens are told to do particular things, and then later use the information they unknowingly gained to help them in math at the end of the day.
To complete an obstacle course, you need get told you need to run 5 laps of a 5m track, back and forth, before moving on. The basic gist is the kid is acting out 5 x 5. Another way is same thing, but they are told to run 25m before moving on, meaning they need to count it out.
Similar cases can be that they are told that they have x number of y metres squared of material and are required to cover a certain object, or person.
Basically, it would be taking all of the problems from math books, making them realistic, and then getting the kids/teens to act them out in ways that keep them active, teach them new skills, and help them see all the areas of life that math can be applied to.
Navigation, transportation, cooking, construction, planning etc