Reproducible Equation-Building Activities
Level 1 - Grades 1 and Up
Level 2 - Grades 3 and Up
Level 3 - Grades 6 and Up
hands are laid out on an 8.5" by 11" page. The teacher makes copies and
cuts out the strips of paper tiles. Each student is given a strip and
they tear or cut apart their hand. The students work individually or in
groups to list as many equations as they can with the corresponding
scores. The objective is to strive for both high total scores as well as
individual high-scoring equations. The scores are obtained by adding the
individual scores on the tiles. The scores are located in the lower
right-hand corner of the tile. The tiles that are harder to play with
are worth more points so this motivates the students to learn how to
play with the more difficult tiles. Each notebook contains 20 different
hands (25 in Level 1) and a template for making your own hands. It also
has 20 possible equations and scores for each hand given.
Equate Puzzles offer an increased thinking challenge the students will
try to take advantage of premium board positions with the constraint of
having to us a tile that is already in the strip. Three puzzles are laid
out on an 8.5" by 11" page and a hand is given. Instructions (not shown
here) are included on each sheet. The students strive to create an
equation for each puzzle that has a high score. In the first puzzle
shown here, if they get the division tile on the 3S position it will
give them 15 points rather than just 5 points. In the other two puzzles,
they use the same hand. The 2S position awards 2 times the symbol score
and the 2E position awards 2 times the whole equation score. Each
notebook contains 10 pages of puzzle sets with a hand. Also includes two
puzzle templates and three possible equations and scores for each puzzle
Equate board design is laid out on 8.5" by 11" pages; the full board in
Levels 2 & 3 and a reduced board for Level 1. Only a portion of a full
lay out is shown here. Each situation has one or more plays already on
the paper board and a hand is given. The hand is not shown here.
Students compete to see who can create the highest scoring equation.
Levels 2 & 3 include 15 situations with hands. Level 1 has fewer
situations to allow for some whole number & early fraction activities
that include matching & counting. Board and tile templates also
available for creating your own situations and hands.
Equate Color Transparency
This transparency of the full Equate board allows one to conduct a game
or activity with a group. Teachers write on the transparency with a pen.
Squares are too small for tiles.
A mini Equate board is laid out on a transparency. Helps to explain how
to play and score Equate. Includes uncut transparency demo tiles and
instructions. Black & gray only.
At least 10 pages of worksheets & drills to help build the math skills
needed to play Equate. Explanations included on some. Level 1 Notebook
also contains special early fraction activities.