This resource is intended to scaffold this concept for your students.
Included are two work mats with task cards in which students will be able to build equations to compare both sides with manipulatives, and then transition to drawing pictures to show their thinking.
There is an 11 page booklet with the same format for students to practice solving equations to compare both sides of the equal sign.
Worksheets are also included (the last two are in a slightly different format so students can identify both sides on their own).
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