The Hands-On Equations® Learning System
Making Algebra Child's Play!®
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Hands-On Equations consists of three levels. At each level, students use the game pieces to physically "set up" the given equation on the laminated balance scale. They then use "legal moves" to physically solve the equation. Students also learn to solve the equations using a pictorial solution.
Hands-On Equations is an innovative teaching methodology which was awarded a U.S. patent. It is a program which:
Level I: Lessons #1 - #7: Red Booklet.
Students use the red cubes and blue pawns to setup and solve equations such as:
4x + 3 = 3x + 9 and 2(2x + 1) = 3x + 10.
Click here to see the solution as shown on the Hands-On Equations Level 1 manual.
Level II: Lessons #8 - #16: Blue Booklet.
Students use the red cubes, blue pawns, and white pawns to setup and solve equations such as:
2x = x + 6 and 2x - x + 2 = x + 10.
Note: Star, written as x, is a new mathematical notation developed by Dr. Borenson for the opposite of x. It is a more compact symbol than the traditional notation, (-x). See note following the video below.
Once students have learned the algebraic concepts using the star notation and the white pawn, they are then ready to transfer their learning and make sense of examples such as 2x + (-x) + 3 = 2(-x) + 12 and 2x - (-x) = 15.
Level III: Lessons #17 - #26: Green Booklet.
Students use the red cubes, blue pawns, white pawns, and green cubes to setup and solve equations such as:
2x + 3 = - 6 + x and x - 2(x + 2) = 5.
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