This is a self- contained activity that uses manipulatives to help beginners learn to balance equations. Students work in cooperative groups to represent molecules, compounds and formula units with colored and laminated paper strips. Worksheets, student instructions and rules for balancing equations are included. In addition, teacher preparation suggestions and notes are included. Two versions are in this download: one for black and white copies and one for color copies.
This activity was designed to be very basic and easy to introduce balancing equations, for both students and teachers.