Understanding the true meaning of the equal sign–knowing that 5=3+2 is perfectly acceptable–is a really tricky concept for most young students. This unit provides concrete learning experiences to build a sturdy foundation and several engaging practice activities to build fact fluency along with an understanding of the equal sign.
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Common Core Alignment
1.OA.3—Apply properties of operations as strategies to add and subtract.
1.OA.5—Relate counting to addition and subtraction (e.g., by counting on 2 to add 2)
1.OA.6—Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10
1.OA.7—Understand the meaning of the equal sign, and determine if equations involving addition and subtraction are true or false
1.OA.8—Determine the unknown whole number in an addition or subtraction equation relating three whole numbers