# Algebraic Thinking Task Card SET 2: Concept of "Equals" Grades 4 -5

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By popular request--a second set of algebra thinking task cards! This second set of 52 The concepts of “equals” is such an essential mathematical concept—and one that is often not taught explicitly in many math programs. This set adds additional work with multiplication and division in the earlier cards. Not sure what these cards do? Consider the following problem:

5 + 8 = ____ + 3

Students have a good sense of the concept of equals know that “10” goes in the box. Every year, I am shocked by the number of students who think it is “13”—or that the problem can’t be done at all! Many students are programmed to think that the “=“ sign means “find the answer” when, in actuality, it is a sign indicating that the two sides balance. Deep understanding of this helps down the road with algebra and other more advanced math—and also makes a smooth transition to INequalities as well. Moving our “box” (or “variable”, or a letter, or a line, or a question mark) to different places in equations helps students think about numbers and equality and not just filling in the blank. This task card set is geared toward helping students develop this understanding. I tell them that they are doing algebra—and they absolutely love it! Consider doing a few of the early cards as a class to teach the concept and then let your students take off! They get more and more challenging as they progress--but you will be AMAZED at the math thinking your students will do!

One of my students’ favorite activities is to make their OWN task cards, so once they have learned this concept, send them off to make their own cards at a variety of levels and then print and laminate those for your class to use as well. ENJOY!

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**Interested in the first set?**

**Set 1 of this resource is also available as part of a "Teaching Tandem" product where you can get this resource AND a set of algebra thinking concept sorts combined at a reduced price. **

Set 1 is also available as a digital task card resource in my GOOGLE EDITION resources!

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