# Resources tagged with: Introducing algebra

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Broad Topics > Algebraic expressions, equations and formulae > Introducing algebra

### Cat Food

##### Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Sam sets up displays of cat food in his shop in triangular stacks. If Felix buys some, then how can Sam arrange the remaining cans in triangular stacks?

### How Many Eggs?

##### Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Peter, Melanie, Amil and Jack received a total of 38 chocolate eggs. Use the information to work out how many eggs each person had.

### Different Deductions

##### Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

There are lots of different methods to find out what the shapes are worth - how many can you find?

### Buckets of Thinking

##### Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

There are three buckets each of which holds a maximum of 5 litres. Use the clues to work out how much liquid there is in each bucket.

### Sisters and Brothers

##### Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Cassandra, David and Lachlan are brothers and sisters. They range in age between 1 year and 14 years. Can you figure out their exact ages from the clues?

##### Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Use the information to work out how many gifts there are in each pile.

### Spell by Numbers

##### Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Can you substitute numbers for the letters in these sums?

### Shape Times Shape

##### Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

These eleven shapes each stand for a different number. Can you use the number sentences to work out what they are?

### Trebling

##### Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Can you replace the letters with numbers? Is there only one solution in each case?

### Two Number Lines

##### Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Max and Mandy put their number lines together to make a graph. How far had each of them moved along and up from 0 to get the counter to the place marked?

### Gran, How Old Are You?

##### Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

When Charlie asked his grandmother how old she is, he didn't get a straightforward reply! Can you work out how old she is?

### Super Shapes

##### Age 7 to 11 Short Challenge Level:

The value of the circle changes in each of the following problems. Can you discover its value in each problem?

### Plenty of Pens

##### Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Amy's mum had given her £2.50 to spend. She bought four times as many pens as pencils and was given 40p change. How many of each did she buy?

### Carrying Cards

##### Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

These sixteen children are standing in four lines of four, one behind the other. They are each holding a card with a number on it. Can you work out the missing numbers?

### Table Patterns Go Wild!

##### Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Nearly all of us have made table patterns on hundred squares, that is 10 by 10 grids. This problem looks at the patterns on differently sized square grids.

### Price Match

##### Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Can you find pairs of differently sized windows that cost the same?

### Making Algebra Rich

##### Age 5 to 11

Lynne suggests activities which support the development of primary children's algebraic thinking.

### Break it Up!

##### Age 5 to 11 Challenge Level:

In how many different ways can you break up a stick of 7 interlocking cubes? Now try with a stick of 8 cubes and a stick of 6 cubes.

### Augustus' Age

##### Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

In 1871 a mathematician called Augustus De Morgan died. De Morgan made a puzzling statement about his age. Can you discover which year De Morgan was born in?

### Crossed Ends

##### Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

Crosses can be drawn on number grids of various sizes. What do you notice when you add opposite ends?

### Counting Counters

##### Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Take a counter and surround it by a ring of other counters that MUST touch two others. How many are needed?

### Up and Down Staircases

##### Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

One block is needed to make an up-and-down staircase, with one step up and one step down. How many blocks would be needed to build an up-and-down staircase with 5 steps up and 5 steps down?

### Special Numbers

##### Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

My two digit number is special because adding the sum of its digits to the product of its digits gives me my original number. What could my number be?

### Cherry Buns

##### Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Sam's grandmother has an old recipe for cherry buns. She has enough mixture to put 45 grams in each of 12 paper cake cases. What was the weight of one egg?

##### Age 7 to 14 Challenge Level:

Think of a number and follow the machine's instructions... I know what your number is! Can you explain how I know?

### Shape Products

##### Age 11 to 14 Challenge Level:

These eleven shapes each stand for a different number. Can you use the multiplication sums to work out what they are?

### What's X Got to Do with It?

##### Age 5 to 16

By following through the threads of algebraic thinking discussed in this article, we can ensure that children's mathematical experiences follow a continuous progression.

### First Forward Into Logo 8: More about Variables

##### Age 11 to 18 Challenge Level:

Write a Logo program, putting in variables, and see the effect when you change the variables.

### First Forward Into Logo 6: Variables and Procedures

##### Age 11 to 18 Challenge Level:

Learn to write procedures and build them into Logo programs. Learn to use variables.