Math Balance

Math Balance

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Item #: 018355
Grades: 3-6

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  • Small parts Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Description:

The Math Balance provides an excellent, concrete way to show number relationships, operations, and comparisons. This T-shaped number balance stands 9" tall. Each arm is labeled from 1 to 10 from the center moving outward. Pegs are located at each numbered position for hanging weights. Twenty 10g plastic weights are included.

CHOKING HAZARD (1). Not <3yrs.

Publisher Description:

The Number Balance engages & excites children to learn basic maths faster and easier by requiring children to physically place the weights on the Number Balance to solve basic maths problems.

Have fun advancing basic maths skills in counting, addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.

Valuable, essential and educational tool for all kindergartens, schools and home activities.

Now in the 2020 edition, this program still maintains the strong Singapore concrete-to-pictorial-to-abstract methodology with a few updates. There is no longer a student workbook – all instruction and practice are in the consumable softcover student edition. Performance tasks and STEAM exercises have been added at the end of each chapter. Although the scope and sequence is similar to the older editions, the program is based on the newer Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE) syllabus and some of the lessons have been reorganized. A new Accelerated option is also available for advanced students to take in grade seven to develop algebra readiness by grade eight. With a mastery approach, Math in Focus stays on one topic of math at a time and explores it over several lessons (along with the related sub-topics) before moving to the next concept. Chapters, however, typically begin with a review of past concepts. It combines conceptual instruction with hands-on learning to aid students in building stronger math sense and problem-solving skills.

Main components for the 2020 edition include a Teacher Manual and Student Edition for each semester. The spiral-bound Teacher Edition is a classroom teacher guide. It is in full-color and includes lesson plans and pacing guides for each chapter, a reduced copy of the student pages with answers, instructions for using manipulatives, and differentiated math instruction for struggling, on-level, and advanced students. Student Editions are also in full-color and include the core of the student learning. Step-by-step instruction, various diagrams and examples, and individual practice are all included in the student edition. In fact, there might be some overlap between the teacher guide and student edition instruction, but the teacher edition is still necessary to implement required manipulatives, use remediation or enrichment ideas, and have answers to the student book.

Other components of this program include Assessments, Extra Practice & Homework Book, Reteach, Enrichment, and Fact Fluency books. Reteach and Enrichment are not available for homeschool. The Assessments Book and Extra Practice & Homework Book are in print format. The Assessment Book provides cumulative review, chapter tests, and mid-year and end-of-year tests. Answers are included in the back. This book will come in handy if you want additional confirmation your student is mastering the concepts. The Extra Practice & Homework Book is beneficial for students who need additional practice to build mastery in the concepts learned. The answers, however, are only available by request as a PDF that can be emailed to you from our office after the order ships. The Fact Fluency book offers varied exercises also intended for extra practice and reinforcement. We are not carrying this book, but suggest you take a look at the Singapore Math Fact Fluency workbook we do have available if you desire to use this additional supplement. Online Assessments with Data Reporting (called HMH Ed) is also new to this edition, although homeschoolers do not have access to this online component. The assembled kits make it easy and more economical to buy all the necessary math components you need for the year. Packaged kits for each grade level include Teacher Guides and Student Editions for each semester, and the Assessment Guide Teacher Edition. Extra Practice Books and manipulatives are sold separately.

Math in Focus promotes a strong emphasis on problem solving as well as critical thinking, and helps students develop a deeper understanding of concepts as they are taught the “why” behind math. This mastery program works well for students that do better focusing on one concept at a time, like the use of manipulatives, and do not like the traditional drill and memorization of math facts approach.

Category Description for Singapore Math Programs:

Countries around the world first became interested in Singapore’s math curriculum when results of the Third International Math and Science Study (TIMSS) were published in 1995. Conducted by the International Study Center at Boston College, achievement tests in both math and science were administered to students in over 40 countries. Students from Singapore ranked highly in mathematics achievement: 1st in the fourth, seventh, and eighth grade levels and 2nd at the third grade level. Results for the U.S. were disappointing: 10th in the third grade, 11th in the fourth grade, 23rd in the seventh grade, and 27th at the eighth grade level. In a follow-up study in 1999, Singapore again ranked 1st in eighth grade math achievement while U.S. eighth graders ranked 19th. Although a first place ranking does not necessarily imply the best program, something about Singapore’s math program was working.

“Singapore Approach Math” is a general term referring to a type of mathematical instruction (i.e. curriculum) developed from a syllabus designed by Singapore’s Ministry of Education in the 1980s. There were a number of revisions and the 3rd edition was the last edition used in Singapore. The good test scores were associated with this material and all of our Singapore Approach Math programs are based primarily on the 3rd edition although it is no longer available for sale. Components from different editions are not interchangeable but a student can move between the editions in-between levels.

Primary Math US (1-6) is an adaptation of the 3rd edition for use in the U.S. Although a small amount of content (division of fractions) from the 2nd edition was added back into the US edition, it is almost identical to the 3rd edition. The US edition adds sections for U.S. customary measurements and uses U.S. spelling and conventions. We expect this edition to be available indefinitely. ©2003

Primary Math S/E (Standards Edition) (K-6) was adapted to meet the pre-Common Core CA math standards. An additional amount of content (probability, data analysis, negative numbers, coordinate graphing) from the 2nd edition was added back in and topics were rearranged but it is similar to the US edition. Cumulative Reviews at the end of each Unit and practice sets within each unit were added. Textbooks are in color. ©2008 This edition includes Earlybird Kindergarten Math.

Primary Math CC (Common Core) (K-5) is aligned to the Common Core State Standards and is another adaptation of the 3rd edition. Only minor changes were made to the scope and sequence. Unit Reviews are no longer cumulative and Practices were removed although some of the content was incorporated into the lessons. ©2014 Includes Earlybird Kindergarten Math CC. This edition will be available for the foreseeable future.

Primary Math 2022 Edition (K-5) is a completely new revision retaining all the excellent teaching methods of the earlier Primary Math programs. Incorporating both cumulative assessments and challenging problem solving, mastery learning is emphasized. The scope and sequence is similar to previous editions and topics are aligned to state and national standards. ©2021-2022

New Elementary Math (7-8) is a no-frills program based on an older Singaporian program and covering integrated algebra and geometry. It’s considered a sequel to the Primary Math programs.

Math in Focus (K-8) was developed by Great Source (a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) in conjunction with Marshall Cavendish (the original publisher in Singapore). Although the basic instructional sequences are similar and the content is very close to the SE, material added to the most recent editions brings it into alignment with CC. Math in Focus has a more American look and “feel.” ©2010, 2014

View the Singapore Approach Math Comparison Chart.


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It is a really great learning tool for algebra
Hedy L on Feb 28, 2022
For use with RightStart Math
Laura S on Apr 19, 2021
It is a really great learning tool for algebra
Hedy L on Feb 28, 2022
Recommended by home school book
Jack Jacksen S on Aug 26, 2021
For use with RightStart Math
Laura S on Apr 19, 2021
Required for RightStart math program.
Brandi on Jan 10, 2021
Looking for a manipulative to help with math concepts.
Joyce S on Oct 19, 2020
Great for many grades.
MomTots on Aug 7, 2020
It looks fun!
Lauren G on May 11, 2020
need it for right start math
Diana C on Mar 4, 2020
Great use for a visual number line.
christian s on Dec 6, 2018
We love Right Start Math in our homeschooling. It is definitely a one on one experience with your child, but it's completely worth the investment in time. These math manipulatives really help the children connect with the math and understand it!
Kristi M on Sep 10, 2018
To help students understand math concepts
Patricia C M on Sep 3, 2018
needed for classroom
April J on Sep 28, 2017
I have Right Start maths but I need the balance
Sharon F on Jul 7, 2017
Our children fell in love with this math balance at a homeschool convention. So we have decided to add it to our school room.
Kevin J on Apr 7, 2017
I needed another math balance as mine has one foot in the grave :). It doesn't work that well, so am hoping this one would.
Joan O on Nov 12, 2016
Better deal
Susan R on Sep 4, 2016
Our old math balance broke so I ordered this new one. I have found this balance to be sturdier and better made than our previous one. It has been a great learning tool during our math time!
Lexi H on Feb 22, 2016
Needed for Rightstart level B.
Roxanne W on Jan 29, 2016
A friend uses this and I think it will be a good fit for my daughter understanding her math facts.
Nicole M on Nov 4, 2015
Recommended by home school book
Jack Jacksen S on Aug 26, 2021
Required for RightStart math program.
Brandi on Jan 10, 2021
How long is it?
A shopper on Oct 9, 2020
BEST ANSWER: It is 26 inches long. My kids have a great time with it!
will this work well with Right Start math?
User on Apr 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Hi-- I don't have any direct experience with Right Smart math [I order curriculum for our classroom teachers], but I have used the math balance when I was teaching at 1st/2nd grade and it is a great visual and hands on way to show students what the "=" sign really means in a math equation and how to add different parts to make a whole sum. It is all around a great manipulative to have in any lower elementary school math class.
Does this come with a teacher's guide?
A shopper on Jan 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No. It's just the math balance. I use mine with the Right Start Math curriculum. I really like this math balance because it's very sturdy.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Great way to teach early maths concepts.
My children love this! I do find the blue tags easy to knock of the bottom plate. The design may have been better if there were two hooks holding each pile of tags on the base to keep them more secure. Other than that, the build quality is good, the balance is right and it works as advertised. Great way to teach early maths concepts.
October 14, 2022
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Fun math tool
Kiddo loves it and is already figuring out math facts on her own by playing around with it. It’s large but that’s part of the fun.
June 10, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great learning for kids
The kids love it. Great way to teach and learn them.
December 4, 2017
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Fun While Learning
"You might be a homeschooler if...your favorite gifts include a Math balance, wikki stix, and a Vincent Van Gogh card game." Quote from daughter-in-law. The day after our Christmas exchange, the grandkids spent hours playing with their math balance and Wikki sticks. Having fun while learning is a terrific combination.
December 23, 2015
over 7 years ago

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