If you are looking for a great, concrete introduction to understanding the equal sign for your kindergarten or first grade friends, you are in the right place! This kit includes a lesson plan, printables for the lesson plan, exit cards, and two pocket chart center printables (addition to 10 and addition to 20).
This is the method I used to concretely introduce the concept of things being "equal", or the same, for my first graders. They truly understand the concept and now I have a great reference when we discuss equations. It uses a balance scale and some sort of counters to help students grasp the concepts.
This lesson also has the ability to incorporate the commutative property of addition. I incorporated that into my lesson and my kiddos know the terminology and use it on a daily basis. I loved incorporating two skills together because it makes sense to them. If you would rather focus on the equal sign, that is perfectly doable with this kit as well. You can always refer back to this lesson to introduce commutative property.
1.OA.7 Understand the meaning of the equal sign and determine if equations involving addition and subtraction are true or false.
1.OA.3 Apply properties of operations as strategies to add and subtract. Example: If 8+3=11 is known, then 3+8=11 is also known. (Commutative Property of Addition).
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