Hands-On Equations Shout Out!

Math is one subject I dread teaching.  For me, math is SO easy (well, not calculus, but that was a whole different ballgame ;) )  I just get it and I don't understand why the kids don't.  5 + 5 is 10.  It always will be.  And I just don't see how some kids can't grasp that concept.  So when I am looking for ideas and ways to teach math concepts, I always look for things that will help the students better understand with little frustration on my part ;)

Hands-On Equations was a program sent from the gods to my classroom.  It so simply, so easily, so ridiculously effectively taught algebra concepts to my struggling 4th and 5th graders that I thank my lucky stars I went to the random inservice one day to learn about this program.

teachinginroom6.blogspot.com  5th grade   Mrs. Moorman
Hands-On Equations uses manipulatives to give the kids a concrete experience with this abstract concept.  My students LOVE it.  They BEG for it.   It gets cheers, yes, actual cheers, from my students!  They feel successful doing algebra, and I feel successful teaching it.  

I wish I had some free worksheets to give you that I created to go along with this program, but I don't.  The program itself is just THAT GOOD.  I really, really love it and just wanted to spread the love.  :)


  1. I love Hands on Equations too.

  2. I've used this with my gifted students 3-5th graders, and they loved it!! I found that it reached everyone, especially the visual learners who can never remember the 'rules' figured this out with ease. Awesome resource!! Don't know why it's not more popular!


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