Learning Today, Inc., a Florida-based math and reading software publisher, announces the release of a new set of algebra lessons for their online learning program, Smart Tutor.
Smart Tutor is a fun, online program that helps students succeed in Reading and Math through engaging activities and lessons. Its K-5 reading and math curriculum is research-based and provides children with explicit instruction. Smart Tutor’s online curriculum is designed for homeschool, after-school, targeted remediation, summer use, special needs and gifted children.
The newly added lessons are designed to help algebraic thinking be more engaging for elementary students. Activities range from interactive musical penguins to colorful blocks to bouncing balls. Through these fun and engaging activities, students in grades K-5 are introduced to important key concepts like patterns, relationships, functions, equations and inequalities.
“Many middle school students are fearful of Algebra,” stated Robin Baker, Executive Vice President of Learning Today. “We’re hoping that introducing elementary-aged students to algebraic thinking through fun, interactive activities will not only help them learn the basic concepts they need to succeed but also show them how interesting algebra can be.”
The lessons are fast-paced and act in the same manner as a game. Each lesson includes specific feedback. If a student is struggling, they will be shown detailed explanations, including rich animations and audio. The purpose of this is to show them corrective feedback in a fun and non-threatening way.
To help ensure that students who are in need of more support are continually getting more practice exercises, adaptive instruction logic specifically adjusts to each student. In addition, it allows students who do not need extra exercises to move on to higher level concepts.
The algebra lessons cover key learning objectives. Some of them include to create, describe, extend and explain symbolic (geometric) and numeric patterns, to express mathematical relationships using equations, to solve equations or find the missing numbers using related facts, to apply the appropriate fraction rule to complete a chart, and much more.