Posted in Calculating, Making totals, Number sense

Using Numicon® to explore equivalences

equivalent shapes

The idea of equal value is fundamental to mathematical understanding. Children need to understand that the “=” symbol means “equal value” and not “here is the answer”.


How can you make the scales balance?

Which Numicon® shape could go in the pan balance?

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What about this one?

How are you going to solve it? Explain your thinking.

What if ……… changed the shapes?


Now using numerals.

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Can you model this with the pan balance and Numicon® shapes?

What’s the missing number? Explain how you know. Record the sentence.

Make up some of your own.

Make sets of problems like this to put with a pan balance in your enhanced provision.

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