Math Models for Teaching Equations: Great Guided Math Lessons
Using the balance as a model or illustration of simple equations is a great way to build understanding.
Here are some great resources.
Math Playground – Model the equation by dragging the number and x tiles to the scale. It is a great game to teach about equality.
Article – This article discusses how to use the balance as a model or illustration of simple equations for students who are just starting to study equations.
Lesson Plan (See activity sheet at bottom of page).
And a Research Article