# Are All Expressions Created Equal? A series of sorts for equality

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Developing a true understanding of equality in equations is a necessary first step to algebraic thinking. For many years the equal sign was (and still remains to young students) a signal that the answer is coming. In recent years, elementary standards around the world have required students to begin exploring the meaning of equality in equations with two expressions and to solve for unknowns in single step equations which also requires an understanding of equality

This file contains 4 leveled equality sorts.
Sort 1: Basic Equalities: For use with first and second graders, this series of sort cards involve basic addition and subtraction facts
Sort 2: Moderate Equalities: Created for grade 2 and 3. This sort applies the understanding of equality of 2 digit addition and subtraction problems.
Sort 3: Intermediate Equalities: This level was created for third and fourth grade students with an understanding of multiplication and division.
Sort 4: Challenging Equalities: The final sort was created for fourth graders and up. They need to have an ability to compute multi-digit multiplication and division

This series of activities aligns to Virginia Standards of Learning, as well as Common Core Standards.
1.18
2.22
4.16
5.18
6.18
CCSS.Math.Content.4.OA.A.1
CCSS.Math.Content.3.OA.D.8
1.OA.D.7

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