Continuing down the algebra path with a 6th grader who is getting math enrichment.
Right off the bat we went to identifying the pieces we were going to use to do a "problem" with
2x4 + 7x3 + 10x2 + 7x + 2.
Use a three period lesson to make sure the student is comfortable with the terms and pieces we are going to be playing with.
Note how we stay in arithmetic not physics when we move to the 4th power explanations, staying in two dimensions keeps otherwise unwieldy problems EASY. Here the student labels the parts and gives their factors.
Then doing problems like this are easy and fun:
You can teach little kids, and I mean little kids like 4 and 5 year olds, all kinds of math using 4th power algebra. This student happens to be 12.
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