Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Meaning of the Equals Sign - First Grade Math

My students are learning that the equal sign doesn't always occur at the end of an equation. Once they get that each side of the equal sign must be equal, they are on their way. It might seem like a simple concept, but many have only seen an equation with the equal sign at the end. I am starting out with manipulatives and a balance to demonstrate this concept. I am still in the process of completing the unit.

Click here for a free copy of the activity sheets.

Need a technology connection? Check out the Math Illuminations website. It has a great activity showing Balanced Equations

I'm always looking for a book to connect to my math concepts.  Have you read Equal Shmequal by Virginia Kroll? Do you have any favorite books to use in this unit?

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  1. Love this idea! I did send you an e-mail request, as the link currently says I need permission to access it.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Tricia - Bookish Ways in Math and Science

  2. Thank you so much for creating and sharing! This looks great!

  3. Thank you! I love the math illuminations site!