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# Writing & Solving Two Step Equations - Balancing Equations Task Cards

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Tessa Maguire
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3rd - 5th
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9 pages
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Tessa Maguire
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1. Accessing Algebra builds algebraic thinking through exploration of equations, function tables, patterns in numbers, and equality. Students write and apply one-step and two-step equations given models and data tables. By focusing on models and tables, these task cards feel like number and logic puzzl
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### Description

Do your students struggle with understanding two step equations? These Balance the Equation task cards help students see the mathematical operations through models. Each balance models both multiplication and addition for a two step equation.

Students build their algebraic thinking with equivalence by working through balance the equation activities. By integrating algebraic concepts in elementary classrooms, students develop math reasoning and computation skills while applying number sense, logic, and algebraic thinking.

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

• Recording sheet

Balancing Equations helps students understand the concept of equality – working to balance both sides of the equation. With these task cards, students should start by writing the equation represented on the balance then solving. These are also great for working with the concept of a variable. The included shape represents the unknown number and can easily be connected with the variable. To take things a step further, you can use the same equations as a rule to continue the pattern. This would be great discourse when introducing these cards, or after students have worked on them independently.

I intentionally left these task cards and the recording sheet somewhat open ended. This allows you to tailor your directions to match your students’ readiness levels. You can have students just identify the missing number write an equation, and/or use a variable.

If you have not worked with balances previously, students will likely need some instruction for beginning. Once it’s introduced, these are a great extension for fast finishers, and even high ability students depending on the grade level.

These task cards are great for:

• whole class instruction
• small group instruction- both guided or independent
• fast finisher extensions
• high ability extensions

These task cards are part of my Accessing Algebra line. Accessing Algebra is designed to focus on applying algebraic thinking with our existing standards, giving students the tools they'll need for success later. By looking at the standards in a new way, students build a deeper understanding of the standard while also building their critical and algebraic thinking.

Other Balancing Equations Activities:

Other Accessing Algebra Activities

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Total Pages
9 pages
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Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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### Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Interpret products of whole numbers, e.g., interpret 5 × 7 as the total number of objects in 5 groups of 7 objects each. For example, describe a context in which a total number of objects can be expressed as 5 × 7.
Determine the unknown whole number in a multiplication or division equation relating three whole numbers. For example, determine the unknown number that makes the equation true in each of the equations 8 × ? = 48, 5 = __ ÷ 3, 6 × 6 = ?.
Solve two-step word problems using the four operations. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding.
Solve multistep word problems posed with whole numbers and having whole-number answers using the four operations, including problems in which remainders must be interpreted. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding.