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Balance Benders™ Level 1 App for Android Tablet

Logic and Algebraic Reasoning Puzzles

Grades: 4-12+

Subject(s): Critical Thinking, Mathematics

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Balance Benders™ Level 1 App

Description & Features

Move over Sudoku, here come Balance Benders™! You can use these activities as quick, fun logic problems or as stepping stones to success in algebra. Students develop problem-solving skills and pre-algebra skills as they solve balance puzzles that are more fun and addictive than Sudoku puzzles! Students must analyze each balance to identify the clues, and then synthesize the information to solve the puzzle. Try one—and then try to stop!

Balance Benders™ puzzles spiral—gradually introducing more challenging concepts to give students the confidence and ability to master algebra word problems. These concepts include:

  • Deductive Thinking
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Analysis
  • Commutative Property
  • Distributive Property
  • Associative Property
  • Substitution Property of Equality and Inequality
  • Addition Property of Equality and Inequality
  • Subtraction Property of Equality and Inequality
  • Multiplication Property of Equality and Inequality
  • Division Property of Equality and Inequality

Want to try out this program? Try our free online demo right now! A demo is also available as a free app for tablets at the Google Play store.

Product Details

Item#: 06706HDG
Author(s): Robert Femiano
Type: Android App
License: Google Play Store
Pages: 39

System Requirements

Available for most Android Tablets at the Google Play Store

Awards

Association of Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Finalist Award Dr. Toy Best Smart Play / Smart Toy Product iParenting Media Award iParenting Media Excellent Products The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval Tillywig Brain Child Award, 2015

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"Balance Benders is a series of quick, fun, puzzle-like activities in which kids employ logic and reasoning to find solutions. It gets them thinking algebraically, so much so that by the time they are exposed to algebra it will seem strikingly familiar. Each puzzle uses either the image of a balance scale with equal weight on both sides, or multiple scales, some of which may be out of balance. The familiar symbols that make up the weight on one side of a balanced scale (circles, rectangles, diamonds, numbers . . .) may look quite different from what's on the other side, but kids know intuitively that they are equivalent because the scale is balanced. The interactive puzzles provide onscreen tools that allow kids to work out the problem before selecting their answers. The simplicity of the imagery provides a gateway through which kids find themselves doing some surprisingly advanced substitutions and comparisons. Meanwhile, they're having the time of their lives. " - Tillywig Brain Child Award Review, TillyWig.com/Mobile-Apps/Balance-Benders-Beginning
"I like that this [program] is helping prepare Brandon for algebra. What I like the most is that my children are enjoying learning math. Math is my hardest subject. So to see my children enjoying AND understanding math is awesome!" - Becky, Blogger, growingupnaturallyinhomechildcare.blogspot.com
"As the mom and teacher, I LOVE that these books really make my children think hard and stretch them to think about things and problems they have never encountered before." - Danielle , Homeschool Mom
"Wow, does it make you think!" - Angela , Homeschool Mom
"By making the problems visual and removing the numbers, algebra is automatically made far less overwhelming and much more concrete. I would definitely recommend these books." - Rachel , Homeschooling Mom
"The beginning book just gets them hooked and wanting more." - Shauna , Illinois
"I've seen improvement in my daughter's overall-math lessons as she has worked through the book." - Dawn , Homeschool Mom
"This book of reproducible worksheets provides hours of logic and algebraic reasoning fun! We love, love, loved, these activities!" - Dawn , The Old Schoolhouse Reviewer
"Used as a supplement to whatever math program is being used, this book definitely provides exposure to a greater variety of math problems than endless pages of math drills." - Marissa , The Old Schoolhouse Reviewer
"Balance Benders™ meets a great need of building deductive reasoning as well as building the understanding of balancing equations." - Charlene , NCTM's Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School
"My 9th grade boy is dyslexic and struggles in math, but is a 'Mr. Fix It.' He is hands-on type of guy. He picked it up in 30 seconds and did them all. Then he flipped through to the next page and did all of them, and then laughed that we could not figure it out." - Tricia , The Old Schoolhouse
"The kids enjoyed the challenge of these puzzles and I enjoyed each aha moment they had when a puzzle was solved. It was really awesome when they asked me if they can do more 'school work.' If you are a homeschooling family wondering how to introduce algebraic concepts, I highly recommend the workbooks." - Kristy , Nevada
"My children love these 'Bender' books; in fact, I would not be exaggerating if I said they were addicted to them. I sincerely thank you for a product that makes what can be extremely difficult skills to master an absolute blast for my children. On a side note, I would like to mention that I am a doctoral candidate in education at Northeastern University, and have recommended these products to peers and colleagues as the best of the best." - Joan , Massachusetts

Test preparation available for the following:

Balance Benders™ helps your students to succeed on standardized tests and prepares them for higher-level assessments including:

Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children® (WISC®)
Cognitive Abilities Test™ (CogAT®)
Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) / Talented and Gifted (TAG)
California Critical Thinking Skills Test (CCTST)
Cornell Critical Thinking Tests (CCTT)
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)
and many more!