I couldn't find any materials on this when I needed to teach my year 3 class what the equals sign REALLY meant.
I have included the lesson plan I used, the 3 differentiated worksheets and a Powerpoint I made.
Also have included a homework set of resource sheets (could alternatively be used in class as a reinforcement at a later date.)
UPDATE: Have added a more challenging resource for year 3/4
This is an introduction to balanced number sentences and challenges children's thinking about thinking of number sentences more creatively.
Once you have gone through the LO and Success criteria, children are taught that number sentences need to be balanced but the order of the question and answer is irrelevant. Children are then exposed to number sentences such as 5+6=3+8. On whiteboards, children can think of their own balanced number sentences using a range of operations.
There is a link on the slide to an activity from the Nrich website called which symbol. An excellent interactive activity or if you prefer, print it out and let children work on it independently.
The last two slides introduce brackets and and how they can affect the answer.
The activity is differentiated into Mild, Spicy and Hot.
This is a problem-solving investigation linked to multiplication and multiples. The Zios and Zepts activity is from Nrich.
The lesson starts by asking children to talk about multiplication related vocabulary to their partner and feedback.
The starter involves children reading several definitions and children to match to the key word.
Then read through the Nrich problem and explore different ways to solve. I have mentioned drawings, numicon, multilink and number sentences. Feel free to add any other resources. Number lines would be another option.
This is an entire lesson, which follows on from the previous lesson on exploring fractions using physical resources. However, this time children all need to have a fraction wall. Other resources are desirable but not essential.
The lesson starts with a recap of what children already know about fractions.
Like previously, the three things that are covered in the lesson are:
Comparing fractions - children have to order a set of fractions
Finding equivalent fractions - children to find equivalent fractions for a given fraction
Finding fractions that make a ONE whole - children are challenged to find 2/3 fractions which add to give one whole but they cannot use the same denominator