Understanding the Equal Sign with Candy

I am so thrilled to be guest posting today over at Minds in Bloom, Rachel Lynette’s awesome blog! In the post I talk about how I noticed a misconception that my students had about the equal sign.  I decided to use candy to help my students understand what the equal sign *really* means.

Click the image below to read on!

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  1. Great post! This is a fabulous way to help students understand the true meaning of the equal sign. Very creative. I’m going to try this with my first graders. I think the misconception of the equal sign happens pretty earlier, maybe I can help at least one class get it straight a little sooner.
    The Research Based Classroom



    1. Thanks Brandi! I appreciate the compliment! Do you have Smart Notebook? If so, email me and I can just send you the file if you want. 🙂 (beyondtraditionalmath@gmail.com



  2. Reblogged this on Find the Factors and commented:
    What a wonderful lesson! Teachers or parents can easily follow Jen’s lesson plan. I’m certain children will always remember what an equal sign means forever after. (It may be necessary to click twice to get to the lesson.)



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