So this week I shared a book called **Equal Shmequal by Virginia Kroll** – one I thought would be great fun for introducing notions of equivalence to our elementary aged students. With the **new variables and equations strand in the BC Curriculum**, we’ll be looking to collect books to share with our students on algebraic thinking… and this one’s fun! ðŸ™‚

The story is about a group of animals who explore whole issue of balance through a game of tug of war and then move to the seesaw to solve problems of equivalence. I’d suggest that the math in the book **works for intermediate** aged students as well…

And for fun, here’s a **link to a game kids can play on-line to explore balance and equivalence**. It’s available through the PBS site (we love PBS) and is connected to the show called “Jakers” – which I haven’t actually seen, but, well, what can I say?

**Try out the game. **It’s engaging (moo!) and there’s enough math to get the intermediate students thinking – especially if they play multiple screens and use deduction to solve for the weights of the anilmals…

Enjoy!

Carole

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Hi Carole,

This game is a lot of fun. It really gets kids to estimate approximate weight of various farm animals. Thanks for your workshop today. I got out of it more this time.

Leslie Dawes

Jakers is not available on PBS anymore ðŸ˜¦