**Chapter One: Integer Poetry**

**"Adding Integers with Kitty"**

One day while I was walking,

As happy as could be,

I noticed a little cat,

That happened to follow me.

I asked him what his name was,

And you know what? He could talk!

He said "My name is Kitty,

And I'll teach you how to walk!"

I told him that I knew how,

And although he looked quite sad,

He then cheered up and told me,

"Then I'll teach you how to add!"

I told him that I knew how once more,

But still,he offered to help,

He then wrote on a piece of paper,

And then I gave a little yelp!

He had added two negative integers,

Right before my eyes,

I could not believe it so I asked,

"Can I give it a try?"

He handed me the paper and pen,

And I gave it my best shot,

But sadly I could not add them,

Probably because I forgot!

Kitty was quite surprised at this,

However he showed me how,

To add integers quite easily,

And I can add them now!

**"Subraction is Myth"**

Subtracting is false

Adding opposites is true

Be true and go far

**"Parti-wha?"**

Partitive division,

Now what on earth is that?

Is it some form of writing,

Or a blue and purple hat?

I for one do not know,

What this could really mean,

Although I might've guessed,

That it might be for the keen.

Of course it is a long two words,

And the first is quite confusing!

This word I believe is just for those,

Who find such words amusing.

However it is not,

It is a form of math you'll see.

So now you know what "you know" means,

And I hope you'll let me be!

**"A Man from a Town...in a Gown?"**

There once was a man from a town,

Who did division while wearing a gown,

He was a bit crazy,

Some thought he was lazy,

Still, this did not make him frown.

**"The Rules of Math"**

Rules, rules, rules,

That's all I ever hear!

It's like I am surrounded,

By a herd of angry deer!

However in the math world,

The rules are really nice!

They bring me much enjoyment,

Kind of like a fuzzy dice.

The rules for multiplying,

Are really helpful too!

They make it easy to do a question,

And no more saying "Boo hoo!"

Oh yes these rules are something,

That I really like to obey,

These are in fact the only rules,

I listen to everyday!

**Chapter Two: Combining Like Terms**

**and**

**The Distributive Property**

**Script**

**British Guy:**Hello Governor!

**Other Guy:**What? Are you talking to me?

**British Guy:**Yes I am.

**Other Guy:**Well...my name's not Governor. It's Bob.

**British Guy:**Alright Bob... Do you know how to simplify n+3 -5n+12 by adding like terms?

**Bob:**Hey man I ain't in school no more! I can do that! It's -6n+15! How do you like dem apples!

**British Guy:**Well...personally I must say that dem apples are rotten! The answer is -4n+15! I thought you knew how to combine like terms!

**Bob:**Hey man! Don't be that way! I tried my best.

**British Guy:**Well your best isn't good enough! I must teach you how to combine like terms!

**British Guy:**To start you must reorder the integers and variables. To do this you must first circle the terms that you need to combine. In this expression you would circle 3n and -5n! Do you understand?

**Bob:**Yeah! I get it now!

**British Guy:**Good. The next step would be to reorder the integers and variables so that they are next to a like term. In this expression you would put n and -5n together and put 12 and 3 together. Are you with me so far?

**Bob:**I guess so...

**British Guy:**Alright...The final step in simplifying the expression is actually combining the terms. If you do this properly then you will get -4n+15. But, in your answer you probably thought that n equals negative one.

**Bob:**So, it doesn't equal negative one?

**British Guy:**No, it just equals one.

**Bob:**Cool...

**British Guy:**Alright. I have another expression for you to simplify. This time you must use the distributive property to solve it. The expression is 2 + 4 (3n+8)

**Bob:**I know what that is! It's that thing where you multiply the stuff in the brackets by what's kissing it right?

**British Guy:**Well...I don't know about kissing but...I guess so.

**Bob:**Yeah!!! I'm right! So...yeah... the answer is 12n+10!

**British Guy:**No, sorry Bob. That is incorrect. The answer is 12n+34

**Bob:**What!? How did you get that!?

**British Guy:**Well, you have to multiply what's in the brackets by what's...kissing...the brackets. In this expression you would multiply both 3n and 8 by 4 because that's what's touching the brackets.

**Bob:**Oh! So you have to multiply both numbers by 4! I didn't know that!

**British Guy:**Well now you do!

**Bob:**Thanks man! Hey, I never did get your name. What is it?

**British Guy:**My name? Well...I can't tell you that!!!

**Bob:**Why? Please tell me! I told you mine!

**British Guy:**Alright...my name is...Petunia Louise... Don't laugh...

**Bob:**Hey man! Don't sweat it! That's an awesome name! In fact, it's also my mom's name!

**Petunia Louise:**...Oh my...

**Movie**

**Chapter Three: One Step Equation Solving**

**ICOBV**! Now, you're probably thinking "What's that weird word supposed to do for me?" but I can tell you that if you know this then you can solve any one step algebraic equation that you want. By the way,

**ICOBV**stands for:

**I**solate the variable by

**C**ancelling using the

**O**pposite

**B**alance

**V**erify

**Addition**

**Subtraction**

Now that you know how to do one step algebraic addition questions you'll find that subtraction questions are very similar. The question is...

**Multiplication**

Now we're in the big league. Many people get scared when someone says multiplication but I assure you that ICOBV will still come through for us.

**Division**

Now we're at division, the last question. Division is just the opposite of multiplication and as such you'll find many similarities to the two.

**Chapter Four: One Step Equation Solving**

**with Algebra Tiles**