Monday, November 10, 2014

Balancing Numbers

Hi friends! It's been forever! Life is crazy busy 'round here! 

Today we worked with balancing numbers! Oh boy! Such a tricky little concept. 
We started off thinking about different ways to make numbers and created a list for numbers 0 - 10. 

I had students choose an equation from the board. We put the number on our mini math balance and then looked at another equation that would equal out our balance. The kids LOVED this! I love to use these balances because they are perfect for showing kids what the equal sign is all about! We did lots of practice with the balance finding equations that were equal and ones that were not. 

Next we played Is it Balanced? on Kahoot! Seriously if you do not Kahoot! GO NOW and sign up! It is ah-mazing and completely free

You can find the quiz here.

To wrap things up, the kids created their own balances and picked two equations that were equal.

...and sorted equations for desert when they finished their work!

You can download the activities above here!


  1. Wow. Such great ideas. Thank you for the freebies. I think my class will be making balancing scales really soon :)
    Sheri :)

  2. Love this! We are doing this real soon! How did you find this on Kahoot? I've searched and searched...

    1. Hi Jackie! I made it! As soon as I figure out how to share it pubic I will make a post!

  3. This is a fun immersion activity! I am a Homeschooler with kids in 4th, 6th and 7th (my 11th grader and college sons are beyond independent!). I can see the value of doing an activity like this with my "musketeers"!

  4. I can't wait to use these activities. I recently received one of the balances as part of a grant I am participating in and I know my students will love "playing" with it. I just love it when they don't realize they are learning--they think they are just having fun!