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Balance Benders™ Level 2

Logic and Algebraic Reasoning Puzzles

Grades: 6-12+

Critical Thinking, Mathematics

Grades: 6-12+

Critical Thinking, Mathematics

  •  Multiple Award Winner
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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

Product Details

Item#: 06703BBP
Author(s): Robert Femiano
TOC: View Table Of Contents
Type: Student Book with Answers
Media: Paperback Book
License: Reproducible
ISBN–10: 1-60144-227-0
ISBN–13: 978-1-60144-227-7
Pages: 48, perforated


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

Product Reviews Write a review for this product

"I like that the workbook 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,
"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
"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"
"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
"This book of reproducible worksheets provides hours of logic and algebraic reasoning fun! We love, love, loved, these activities!" - Dawn, The Old Schoolhouse Reviewer
"I've seen improvement in my daughter's overall-math lessons as she has worked through the book." - Dawn, Homeschool Mom
"The beginning book just gets them hooked and wanting more." - Shauna, Illinois
"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
"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
"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
"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!