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The activities in this lesson will help students understand the concept of equal values. In addition, students will understand that an equation is a number sentence that shows relationships.
You can quite easily make your own worksheets for your students to practice this skill.
Many students and adults are programmed to look for the answer at the end of the problem when doing math. They have difficulty understanding that math problems can be written in different forms. One of the most difficult forms for students, and often their parents, to understand is the equation. Students must be taught the concept of equal values. They must also understand that an equation is a number sentence that shows relationships, not just an operation. To become competent with equations requires a lot of practice and review throughout the year.
2. Become mathematical problem solvers.
3. Reason mathematically.
Invitation to Learn
Pass out small candies to the students. Give different amounts to each student, some one, some two, some five, some none. Ask students if they were treated fairly. Why or why not? They should come up with the idea that they did not get the same (equal) amount. Explain that you will be working on math problems that require them to understand the concept of equal value and making sure that all parts are worth the same amounts. Pass out more candies so that each student gets five pieces. Tell them that they will be allowed to eat them when they have shown you they understand the math concept for the day.
Send an Equations Review worksheet home and assign your students to teach this concept to their parents. Ask their parents to reply with a comment on how hard they thought it was to understand this concept.