Without a doubt my favorite thing is my Hands On Equations class set.
|Here is my nephew and son when they were 7 and 8 years old. They were blowing through two step equations and then multi-step equations like it was nothing!|
So last year was the first year I was in 5/6th. At the end of the year I pulled out the Hands On Equations and we worked through the entire program. It was amazing. Some of my struggling students had success that they had never had before in math class!
The best part was this year in 6th grade I have referred back to H.O.E. when teaching opposites, simplifying expressions and solving equations. It is great to be able to pull out the set and see their eyes light up with understanding. In the past I would have more than half the class try to tell me x + 2x + 6 simplifies to 9x. This year only 1 or 2 made that mistake! In fact when I asked them why you couldn't add the six to the 3x they would tell me "because the x's are the pawns that are unknowns the 3 only tells us how many unknowns we have!"
I can't wait for the end of the year to start up again with my 5th graders!