An equation is a mathematical statement that shows the relationship between two expressions. It consists of two expressions separated by an equal sign (=).

For example, consider the equation: 3 + 2 = 5.

In this equation, the expression on the left side is "3 + 2" and the expression on the right side is "5". The equal sign indicates that the two expressions are equal to each other.

Here are some simple equations that first graders might encounter:

- 2 + 3 = 5
- 4 - 2 = 2

When solving equations, the goal is to find the value of the variable (usually represented by a letter) that makes the equation true. However, in first-grade math, the focus is on understanding the concept of equality rather than solving for variables.

First graders can practice working with equations through simple addition and subtraction problems. By understanding the concept of equations, they are building a foundation for more complex math concepts in the future.

Equations are an important fundamental concept in mathematics. By introducing the concept of equations in first grade, students begin to develop a deeper understanding of mathematical relationships and equality.

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Subtraction Facts Worksheet/Answer key

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Number and Operations (NCTM)

Understand numbers, ways of representing numbers, relationships among numbers, and number systems.

Develop a sense of whole numbers and represent and use them in flexible ways, including relating, composing, and decomposing numbers.

Connect number words and numerals to the quantities they represent, using various physical models and representations.

Understand meanings of operations and how they relate to one another.

Understand various meanings of addition and subtraction of whole numbers and the relationship between the two operations.

Understand the effects of adding and subtracting whole numbers.

Compute fluently and make reasonable estimates.

Develop and use strategies for whole-number computations, with a focus on addition and subtraction.

Develop fluency with basic number combinations for addition and subtraction.

Algebra (NCTM)

Represent and analyze mathematical situations and structures using algebraic symbols.

Use concrete, pictorial, and verbal representations to develop an understanding of invented and conventional symbolic notations.

Use mathematical models to represent and understand quantitative relationships.

Model situations that involve the addition and subtraction of whole numbers, using objects, pictures, and symbols.

Grade 1 Curriculum Focal Points (NCTM)

Number and Operations and Algebra: Developing understandings of addition and subtraction and strategies for basic addition facts and related subtraction facts

Children develop strategies for adding and subtracting whole numbers on the basis of their earlier work with small numbers. They use a variety of models, including discrete objects, length-based models (e.g., lengths of connecting cubes), and number lines, to model 'part-whole,' 'adding to,' 'taking away from,' and 'comparing' situations to develop an understanding of the meanings of addition and subtraction and strategies to solve such arithmetic problems. Children understand the connections between counting and the operations of addition and subtraction (e.g., adding two is the same as 'counting on' two). They use properties of addition (commutativity and associativity) to add whole numbers, and they create and use increasingly sophisticated strategies based on these properties (e.g., 'making tens') to solve addition and subtraction problems involving basic facts. By comparing a variety of solution strategies, children relate addition and subtraction as inverse operations.

Connections to the Grade 1 Focal Points (NCTM)

Number and Operations and Algebra: Children use mathematical reasoning, including ideas such as commutativity and associativity and beginning ideas of tens and ones, to solve two-digit addition and subtraction problems with strategies that they understand and can explain. They solve both routine and nonroutine problems.