Equivalence and Equations in Early Years Classrooms
Warren, E. A, Mollinson, A. & Oestreich, K. (2009). Equivalence and Equations in Early Years Classrooms. Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom,R. Nay, S. Garratt. 10-15. Adelaide, Australia: Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers. Retrieved from http://ezproxy.acu.edu.au/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ehh&AN=43972655&site=ehost-live
The article presents several activities that focuses on equivalence and equations in order to allow five-year old students understand the structure of equations including the equal sign. It states that in understanding equal as equivalence, one should take note that when computing the value of two expressions arithmetic thinking is required. The students were instructed to play paint and animal pictures to make their own equivalent stories. They created equivalence and discussed their own story.
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