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Balance Math™ & More! Level 1

Sharpening Critical Thinking, Computational, & Algebraic Reasoning Skills

Grades: 2-5


Grades: 2-5


  •  Multiple Award Winner
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Description & Features

This fun, mind-building 48-page book is made up of three types of puzzles that focus on addition and subtraction of whole numbers. These puzzles also sharpen students' critical thinking, computational, and algebraic reasoning skills.

   1 Balance Math Puzzles require students to analyze balances to deduce the missing value.
   2 Inside-Out Math Puzzles require students to reverse their thinking, using the inverse relationships between addition and subtraction and multiplication and division to solve the puzzle.
   3.  Tic Tac Math Puzzles require students to figure out the correct order to complete all rows, columns, and diagonals.

This book's spiraling difficulty is designed to scaffold a student's conceptual understanding of the targeted operations from beginning to advanced achievement. Teaching suggestions and detailed solutions are included in each book.

Try one of these intriguing puzzles—and then try to stop!

Product Details

Item#: 07101BBP
Author(s): Robert Femiano
TOC: View Table Of Contents
Type: Student Book with Answers
Media: Paperback Book
License: Reproducible
ISBN–10: 1-60144-276-9
ISBN–13: 978-1-60144-276-5
Pages: 48, perforated


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"This book is great. There are only three types of problems in there but they get progressively more challenging at an appropriate rate. It's teaching the same things that my son is supposed to be learning in class - but in a much more fun way and in a way that actually requires thinking rather than rote memorization. I highly recommend this book. I am using it for a second grader." - Devorah, Israel
"Love this series! I've seen a huge improvement in mathematical reasoning in our kids after using this." - Melanie Via Facebook, Texas
"I was struggling with teaching algebra. The Balance Math™ books broke it down into bite size pieces. They finally got it! I like the color and space in the elementary books. I will definitely be buying more." - Twila, Member
"My gifted 5 year old loves this book. It's a wonderful way to make practice drills interesting, and an ingenious way to introduce algebra to the youngest students. " - Jen, California
"I use the three Balance Math™ and More! books in my sixth grade classroom. They are a great way to start kids thinking Algebraically. Super critical thinking practice also. Love them!" - Judy Wicks, via Facebook
"I teach GT at the elementary level and am constantly looking for ways to challenge the kids while holding their interest. They LOVE this and beg me to do more. They want it for homework! The problems in the book get progressivly more difficult, but there are clues in the back for those who get stumpted...I highly recomend this book to any math teacher or parent of a kid who fears algebra." - B. Russell, via
"Teaching your child how to think algebraically without introducing variables yet. Really gets the mind working in ways that are different than they do in a regular classroom." - Alison Sasadu, via
"My son found the book very challenging and fun to work with. It forces him to think logically and introduces algebra very well." - Thulasi Kethini, via