## Sunday, May 1, 2016

### Incredible Equations!

Have you ever heard of Incredible Equations?
This picture shows what I'm talking about.

This can be done every day or once a week. But it should be done on a regular basis in order for the students to catch on and understand number sense better.

Here are the simple directions:
• Pick a number for them to focus on. In the beginning of the year, pick a smaller number. (You may have to teach them several ways to find those answers, but in time, some kids will see it on their own.)
• Students think of numbers that would have that chosen number as an answer.
• They can use a variety of strategies to equal that number. (add, subtract, multiply, and divide)
• Look for patterns that might repeat if you add one to each number or subtract one from each number. (52-27, 53-28, 54-29, 55-30, etc.)
• Stretch their brains by telling them that one thing is the same as another name, like  5+5+5+5+5 is the same as 5x5.
• They can add 2 numbers, 3 numbers, or more to get to the chosen number.
The kids love this and they love saying the words Incredible Equations. Great vocabulary!
You can do this on a pad of paper, your whiteboard or whatever works for your room.
Please let me know if you try this and how well it works with your kiddos.

#### 1 comment:

1. Thanks Patty, where did you get this idea? I need more number sense ideas for next year.
Alyce

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