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When do I introduce my Hands-On Equations students to the abstract written solution?

Categories: Homeschoolers FAQ Hands-On Equations, Teaching FAQ Hands-On Equations

We recommend that you complete Level 1 of Hands-On Equations, including Lesson 7 which introduces the pictorial notation. At that point, you may introduce the mental solution. For example in the equation 4x + 5 = 3x + 13, the students would visualize taking away 3x’s or three pawns from each side, as well as taking off a 5-value from the cubes on both sides. They now mentally see two pawns worth 8, so each pawn or x is 4.  If you are working with students in the 5th grade or higher, you may introduce the abstract written solution once you complete Lesson 7. See Lesson 26 in the green manual for suggestions.

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