Task# Equality Number Sentences

Illustrative MathematicsVaries

The purpose of this instructional task is for students to help students understand the meaning of the equal sign and to use it appropriately. The idea is that students should be comparing the number of circles in each of the rectangles and to write an equation that reflects the fact there are an equal number in each of the boxes (when this is the case). The teacher may need to provide additional explanation to help students understand exactly how the number sentences are intended to represent the pictures. For example, if the groupings indicate an equality such as '2 + 5 = 3 + 4', then the answers '7' or '7 + 7 = 14' are not representing this equality.