Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Algebra One can be a very abstract subject that often consists solely of lecture and formulas, and fails to address multiple learning styles. As a result, many students become confused as to when and why to perform a certain operation or apply a formula. Manipulatives and visual models provide a way for algebra to become more approachable to all learning styles and offer a concrete representation of an abstract concept. They give meaning as to why to perform an operation and what the intention of a formula is. The curriculum that was created and compiled for this project was prepared as an enhancement to the current Algebra One text at a local high school. The final project is a set of supplemental, introductory activities that include manipulatives and visual models, as well as the manipulatives themselves. The activities were created from survey and observation based feedback of manipulative-based lessons that were performed in the classroom. The outcome will be an easy to implement addition to the teachers' daily lesson that will enhance the student's algebra one experience.


Capstone Project (B.A.) Liberal Studies Department