This equation mat is a great manipulative to use when introducing the process of solving equations. Students will cut out the X's and 1's. Then they can build the equation on the scale and manipulate the problem by hand to solve for x. I recommend laminating the mat and letting students use a dry erase marker to write the problem at the top. They can also practice showing their work on the blank back. This can be used for solving one-step, two-step, or multi-step equations.