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In this action research study of my classroom of fifth grade students, I investigated the incorporation of more algebraic concepts in their mathematics curriculum. Due to the restructuring of mathematics courses at the secondary level, my district has suggested that more algebraic concepts be included in the intermediate elementary mathematics curriculum. I discovered that the fifth grade students were not only capable of, but also enjoyed solving algebra equations. As a result of this research, I plan to continue to use the Hands On Equations program each year to enhance the current mathematics curriculum and to improve the fifth graders‟ algebraic skills so they are better prepared for their secondary math classes. My fifth graders experienced increased confidence and success with this multi-sensory program.