## 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

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## Get the Math: Videos about Using Algebra in Real Life

This is a great site by PBS for grades 3 and up. *Get the Math* is a multimedia project about algebra in the real world. The site shows interviews and demos of how professionals working in fashion, videogame design, and music production use algebraic thinking. Then, they have opportunities for older students to “take on interactive challenges related to those careers.” It ties directly into the new Math Common Core, which places an emphasis on relating math to real life. The actual math problems are for older students but the videos are informative and engaging for many students.

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