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Which algebra manipulative should I use with my high school students?

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If you are teaching your students multiplication of binomials, factoring, or other work related to second degree equations, you will want to get algebra tiles or another area-based model where the large square block represents x squared. If your focus is the teaching of linear equations, you and your students will find the Hands-On Equations balance model to be more intuitive since it is evident that the unmarked pawn is the unknown and the number cubes are the constants. Students will be able to employ their knowledge of maintaining balance between the two sides to simplify equations.

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