4MAT 4 Algebra is founded on 10 over-arching concepts that establish a framework for the teaching of Algebra: 1. Communication 2. Luck 3. Balance 4. Relationships (Linear) 5. Comparisons 6. Alternatives 7. Growth 8. Relationships (Quadratic) 9. Patterns 10. Modeling. These concepts pull together a host of disparate facts into a cohesive whole. They help students see the forest from the trees. Each unit plan is taught over a 2-3 week timeframe and provides ways for students to make learning their own through individual applications and extensions of knowledge.