Balance Math & More Level 1 is a reproducible workbook
for grades 2-5. This 46-page workbook contains activities that
combine mathematical computation with logical thinking for a good
mental workout. This workbook contains three different types of
exercises, and they increase in difficulty throughout the book.
The first type is called "Balance Math." In this activity, students
are presented with three balances. On one side of the balance are
shapes (or one shape, in the earlier exercises), and the other
side of the balance assigns a numerical value to these shapes.
The first two balances give information, and the final balance
asks the student to figure out the numerical value for the shape
or shapes on the balance.
The second type of exercise is called "Inside Out Math." This
activity uses a grid with four squares. Each of the squares contains
one of the following: a+c, a+d, b+c, and b+d (or the same letters
using subtraction). There are various numerical values filled in,
and the student is required to solve for a, b, c, and d.
The third type of exercise is called "Tic Tac Math." In this exercise,
a tic-tac-toe grid is partially filled in with numerical values.
The student must complete the grid so that all rows, columns, and
diagonals equal the same sum.
Balance Math & More Level 1 is a fun introduction
to algebraic thinking, though I do think second graders might have
difficulty with some of the activities in the book, especially
toward the end. However, a third, fourth, fifth, or even sixth
grader who enjoys logic puzzles would enjoy this book. The puzzles
are challenging, and I'd recommend this book as a great supplement
to any math program.