Balancing Act: The Truth behind the Equals Sign

  • Balancing Act: The Truth behind the Equals Sign

    Rebecca Mann
    The misconceptions that students have when using the equals sign and a lesson that teachers can use in the classroom to give students the foundation for an accurate conception of equivalency.
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    Penelope Tolle - 6/6/2019 1:55:19 PM

    Because there are no totals in this problem, and the focus is on the equivalence/balance of the sides of the “equation”, this problem is useful in introducing the concept of substituting one variable for another. For example: one orange hexagon is equivalent to two stars, and thus one can be substituted for another. Once the problems that are in the article are completed, first year Algebra teachers can then go a step further, and create equations where the substitutions can be applied. Two blue cubes and green oval equal how many cylinders? This was great for a day before a holiday, not only can the teacher create problems for everyone to solve, but so can other students, always a fun activity in my classes.