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Hands-On Equations®

Powerful Whole Brain Learning


Making Algebra Child's Play®

The one-day Hands-On Equations workshop for teachers of grades 3-8

(More than 50,000 attendees since 1990!)

Enhance the self-esteem of your young students!

When elementary school students succeed with algebra, they see themselves as having a higher capacity for learning. This new vision of themselves can impact their entire school career.

Middle school students receive a solid foundation to continue their work with algebra.

Learn the power of a concrete and pictorial approach to algebraic linear equations!

  • Learn how to concretely model linear equations
  • Understand the "legal moves" which may be used to solve equations
  • Enable your students to solve equations such as 4x + 3 = 3x + 9 in just three lessons
  • Experience the "teacher-as-the-coach" mode of instruction
  • Understand the power of Piagetian learning
  • Enable your students to understand and solve equations such as 2(2x+3) = 3x+7
  • Learn how to enhance student mathematical communication
  • Learn the pictorial representation for solving equations
  • The secret to using the traditional written notation for solving equations
  • Learn a visual way to present the addition property of equality, the property of additive inverses, and the additive identity property for solving algebraic equations
  • Learn a meaningful way to teach addition and subtraction of integers

"The Making Algebra Child's Play workshop is the most requested workshop from classroom teachers...not only is Hands-On Equations a powerful tool and the workshop exceptional, the customer service is outstanding."

Charity Weber, Elementary Math Coach, LAUSD

Provide your middle school students with a solid foundation for algebra!

Middle school students who can easily solve algebraic linear equations such as 2(2x + 3) = 3x + 12 and apply this skill to the solution of algebraic word problems, as presented in this workshop, will have a great advantage when going into a traditional algebra 1 class.

  • Sally is 4 years older than Tim. If the sum of their ages is 20, how old is each?
  • Brian buys one pack of baseball cards to add to the two cards a friend gave him. Then his mother gives him two more packs as a special treat. Now he has as many cards as Marcus who owns one pack plus 12 loose cards. How many cards are in each pack?

This workshop will help your students meet the following Common Core Math Process Standards:

  • Use appropriate tools strategically
  • Model with mathematics
  • Look for and make use of mathematical structure
  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them 

Recommended for:

This workshop is recommended for teachers of mathematics in grades 3 - 8. Teachers of the gifted in grade 2 and teachers of high school students struggling with algebra will also find this workshop of value.

To bring this full-day workshop to your district:

Please send an email to, complete a quick form or call 800-993-6284. Please specify three alternative dates that will work for you.