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Chessboard Algebra

From the series Great Lesson Ideas, this Teachers TV video shows an idea for teaching algebra using a chessboard.

Michelle Bottomley teaches her Year Six class at Tetherdown Primary School, north London, how to use their knowledge of the properties of numbers to solve problems. The students also learn how to use a symbol to stand for an unknown number.

Michelle asks her students to look for patterns in order to predict how many squares would be on different sized boards. She then presents a formula that could be used for any sized board, which the students use to test some of their predictions.

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