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Balance-Introducing Symbols and Equality

This Sketchpad activity, which opens on Geometer's Sketchpad as well as on iOS with Sketchbook Explorer (cataloged separately), allows students to use a scale to develop early algebraic concepts of the equal sign and variables. Learners determine different ways to place shapes with assigned numerical values on one side of a scale to balance with given shapes on the other side. A five-minute movie provides detailed instructions and downloadable PDF of teacher notes and student worksheets are also included.
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Contributed by: KCP Technologies Inc, a McGraw-Hill Education Company - Publisher, Daniel Scher - Author
Math TopicAlgebraic Thinking, Logic, Number Sense, Basic Operations, Number Concepts, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes
Grade Level4, 5, 6+
Resource TypeActivity, Lesson Plans, Video

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator, Learner
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education Topic
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentNo
    • ContributorKCP Technologies Inc, a McGraw-Hill Education Company - Publisher, Daniel Scher - Author
    • Publication Date2013
    • RightsCopyright (c) KCP Technologies Inc., a McGraw-Hill Education Company
      http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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