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balance scale on table with small cubes on either side

Guess and Balance

Learning Goals: Subitizing, Number Sense, Measurement, Comparision, Fine Motor

    • Using small cubes (or any other smaller material), model to students how to grab a handful and place them on one end of a balance scale. 
    • Have students guess how many there are without counting. 
    • Slowly place cubes of the same size on the other side of balance scale and count out loud when you do so. 
    • When the scale balances out, it should represent your answer and you can see how close your guesses were!
    • Students can complete this many times with a partner and take turns in placing the handful on the scale for the other to count. 
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