## Working With Equals Signs

#### Aligned To Common Core Standard:

**Grade 1 Operations** - OA.7

**Tips for Working with Equals Signs**

It is important to understand and learn your way around with equals sign, especially when we are working with equations. So, what does equals sign mean? It means "Balance," "Same value as," and "The same amount as."
The use of equal is often found in equations such as:
3 + 2 = 5

1 + 6 = 7

Or

8 + 2 = 2 + 8

We can see that in an equation, we are not saying that the numbers on two sides of the equals sign are equal to each. What the equals sign is saying is that the value on the left-hand side of the '=' sign is equal to the value on the right-hand side. For example:
18 = 81
This is not a correct equation despite both sides having 1 and 8, but the value is different on both sides of the equals sign. Let's do another example.
10 = 1 + 0
This is also an incorrect equation because 1 + 0 can never be equal to 10. This shows that the equals sign is used when the two value on the right side is equal to the total value on the left side of the equation.
These worksheets help student to learn to the concept of being equal and get comfortable with the equals symbol itself.

- Which Equal is Equal Step-by-step Lesson-
Compare two equations and circle the one that is correct.

- Skill Challenge Guided Lesson
- Covers 3 skills: Sign Identification, Long Operations, Basic Operations.

- Operations Guided Lesson Explanation
- We look at the use of all the different operations and how to
work through it.

- Is It Correct? Why Not?
- Basic operations that all include the equals sign. Which are not
right?

- Match What Is Equal - Which two equations are equal?
- Find the Right One Guided Lesson 1 - What makes 14?
- Guided Lesson 2 - A little less work here, but it is just as important.
- Proper Use of Sums and Differences Lesson 1 - Circle them if they are right. Fix them if they are wrong.
- Add and Subtract Equations with Equal Signs Lesson 2 - What sign is missing here?
- True or False Pyramid Lesson 3 - This is quite a long one for this level.
- Independent Practice Worksheet- You are basically grading someone's homework here. That's what I tell the kids.
- Mark the Right Worksheet- Let's grade another batch of homework.
- Matching Worksheet- This is very advanced but it is worth seeing how they do with it.
- Picture the Missing Sign Worksheet - I really like these types of questions for kids at this level.

#### Guided Lessons

These are a bit more advanced than the work above.

#### Practice Worksheets

These are a lot more creative than most standards based sheets.