**Update: This Lesson Is Part of Book 2 of Doodles Do Algebra: “Unknowns And The 29 Articles of Algebra” available on Amazon.**

Teacher’s Notes:

Today DoodlePoodle teaches your child a new vocabulary word: monomial. Basically a monomial is one simple term or quantity. So 3a is a monomial and 6a+c is not. Your child simply sorts the expressions on today’s worksheet by drawing a line to the right term. If she has trouble understanding today, you can take it back to the apples and jelly beans with each problem. So a+b would be one jelly bean and one apple. Lay them out and ask your child if she can tell you if there is one pile or more than one pile. One pile is a monomial and more than one pile is not a monomial (she will learn the term for not a monomial later). Then pile up three jelly beans in one pile and ask her if there is one pile. When she says yes, explain that that is a monomial. If your child is old enough, you can go into the meaning of the word root mono (basically one) to drive the concept home.

Worksheet:

*Available in the book, “Unknowns And The 29 Articles of Algebra, Book 2 of Doodles Do Algebra“*

Answers:

1. Not a monomial

2. Monomial

3. Monomial

4. Not a monomial

5. Monomial

6. Not a monomial

7. Monomial

Also instead of drawing lines to find the path for each problem, you can challenge your daughter to draw a string of butterfies, or puppies, or stars, or whatever. I have creative kids who would much rather design their own paths than draw a line, so I left these types of worksheets open to creativity. Also, my kids have been known to color in the DoodlePoodle and his friends, or give them sunglasses on sunny days and umbrellas when it is raining outside. Basically this curriculum is designed for learning Algebra with maximum creative flexibility.

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