# Equal Shmequal – and an on-line game for equivalence!

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

### 2 responses

1. 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

2. Jakers is not available on PBS anymore ðŸ˜¦