We will clarify the meaning of equal sides using a balancing practice.
The students will be able to balance both side of an addition equation using balance practice.
Also a good missing addends practice. Can be paired with balance scale and cubes for kinesthetic practice.
* quick type: I have found an exciting opener for this lesson is to show the clip: 'She is a Witch!' from the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrzMhU_4m-g
Start at 1:22 (do you think they used their balancing skills correctly???)