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Pre-Algebra: Pan Balance Equations

In Pre-Algebra: Pan Balance Equations, a fifth grade class manipulates concrete representations of equivalence, using pan balances, to understand the nature of equations and operations on equations. Students investigate a model for solving equations using one and two variables.

Participants in this course:

  • Examine the nature of algebraic equivalence.
  • Understand the multiple meanings of the equals sign.
  • See how using diagrams to solve problems helps students understand algebraic symbols.
  • Examine questioning strategies that support concept clarification, reflection, and discussion.
  • Explore recent research into how students learn to reason algebraically.
  • Examine how diagrams can build student understanding of equivalence and traditional algebraic symbols.

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Effective Questioning in the Mathematics Classroom

Foundations of Effective
Mathematics Teaching

Formative Assessment in the Mathematics Classroom

Number & Operations:
Division with Remainders

Number & Operations:
The Magnitude of Fractions

Number & Operations:
Broken Calculator

2D and 3D Figures

Calculating Area of a Triangle

Data Analysis and Probability:
Using Data to Make Predictions

Data Analysis and Probability:
Measures of Center

Pan Balance Equations

Patterns and Functions

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