*This is part of my Unit 1 Interactive Notebook for Algebra 1. You can view the rest of it ***here***. *

## 1.2 – Properties of Real Numbers

*Properties of real numbers. What a snooze fest, am I right? *WRONG!

This set of notes turns that notion upside down and gets students involved in creating their own examples to demonstrate each property to make a lively and memorable lesson.

You might wonder, *“why would I want to teach properties of real numbers?” *It’s a simple way to help students start thinking algebraically and flexibly, especially after having a long summer off from math. These properties demonstrate nice rules for manipulating and moving numbers and variables around in expressions and will help them understand why certain moves are *“legal”* when we start solving equations. Helping students think flexibly and understand the structure of an expression is a huge step in their journey toward mathematical fluency.