Looking for some books that will help teach the equal sign? Well, have you considered books on balance and comparing? Check out these books that would be a perfect collection to help you teach the concept of the equal sign, as well as link to science standards and critical academic vocabulary like "compare"!
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Who Sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen is a story about a cow, donkey, pig, sheep and mouse and how they all want to take a ride in a boat together. Students will see that certain animals will help balance one another on the boat. This gives the teacher a chance to have a discussion and make predictions about who would be able to balance one another best. The ending is a fun surprise!
This story has other animals balancing on a seesaw, but we start out with a perfect non-example of balance, an elephant and mouse pair of friends. They will need help with balancing each other with the help of some other friends.
Have fun comparing unlike things to see how they balance each other out! What animal weighs the same as 167 hamburgers? To find out this and more, you must read this hilarious book on comparing and balancing equalities! There are two other books in this series that would be great too:
How Tall?: Wacky Ways to Compare Height (Wacky Comparisons)
How Long?: Wacky Ways to Compare Length (Wacky Comparisons)