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Balance the beam using weights and improve your fluency with numbers!
Updated
June 22, 2022
Version
1118
Requirements
4.4 And Up

## Description

Math Balance makes improving Math Fluency fun – kids help Toby reach home by balancing bridges – by solving different problems such as missing addends/subtrahends, using commutative, associative, identity and distributive properties of arithmetic operations.

Math Balance adheres to Common Core Standards for math and was designed by parents and teachers. This game is suitable for kids from first to fifth grade, to improve number fluency and prepare for algebra.

With Math balance, your child will learn math skills like addition can happen in any order for the same result, or that sum of different numbers can add up to be the same number.
They will also end up having to use different number strategies, such as bridging and compensation which can significantly speed up their mental math computations.

These are the skills covered by Math Balance –
– Developing meaning of equal sign, using, greater than and less than sign
– Commutative property of addition and subtraction, later, using it and expanded form as a strategy to add.
– Missing Addend strategies: x+b=c, where x is to be found, situations where difference is unknown, where there is a bigger unknown and where there is a smaller unknown -one step problems
– Showing that addition and subtraction are inverse
– Use only doubles, Use only even/odd numbers to get to a total
– 1 step word problems -Change unknown, Result unknown, start unknown
– add a string of two-digit numbers (up to four numbers) by applying place value strategies and properties of operations.

For those who follow the Core curriculum, this maps to the following common core standards – 2.OA.B.2, 2.NBT.4, 2.OA.2, 1.OA.6, 2.OA.C.3, 2.OA.1, 2.NBT.6, 2.NBT.7, 2.NBT.8, 3.NBT.2.

Grade wise skills covered in Math Balance:

Children ages 6 and 7 (first grade and second grade of elementary school) practice math activities: Developing the meaning and understanding of ‘equal to’, ‘greater than and less than’ comparing numbers, simple math addition and subtraction facts, understand the properties of addition such as commutative property, additions without regrouping, showing that addition and subtraction are inverse, one step word problems with change unknown, result unknown, practice mental math with missing addend addition and subtraction math strategies, place value strategies to add a string of numbers.