### General Information

**Subject Area:**Mathematics (B.E.S.T.)

**Grade:**3

**Strand:**Algebraic Reasoning

**Date Adopted or Revised:**08/20

**Status:**State Board Approved

### Benchmark Instructional Guide

### Connecting Benchmarks/Horizontal Alignment

### Terms from the K-12 Glossary

- Equation
- Expression
- Equal sign

### Vertical Alignment

Previous Benchmarks

Next Benchmarks

### Purpose and Instructional Strategies

The purpose of this benchmark is to extend the understanding of the meaning of the equal sign in multiplication and division situations. In Grades 1 and 2, students determined and explained when addition and subtraction equations were true or false (MA.1.AR.2.2, MA.2.AR.2.1).- Instruction should emphasize that the equal sign can be read as “ the same as” to show the balance of two multiplication and/or division expressions. When those expressions are evaluated as the same product or quotient, the equation is balanced, or true. If those expressions evaluate differently, then the equation is not balanced, or false
*(MTR.2.1, MTR.5.1).* - When students explain whether an equation is true or false, they should justify by explaining the equivalence of its expressions. (Note: The expectation of this benchmark is not to compare the expressions of a false equation using symbols of inequality, < or >.)
*(MTR.4.1, MTR.6.1)*

### Common Misconceptions or Errors

- By Grade 3, students may grow to expect equation solutions to be represented as the expressions on the right side of the equal sign. When having students evaluate true or false equations with only three terms (e.g., 18 = 3 × 6), teachers should give examples showing products and quotients on the left side.

### Strategies to Support Tiered Instruction

- Instruction includes opportunities to explore the meaning of the equal sign. The teacher provides clarification that the equal sign means “the same as” rather than “the answer is.” Multiple examples are provided to evaluate equations as true or false using the four operations with the answers on both the left and right side of the equation, beginning by using single numbers on either side of the equal sign to build understanding. The same equations are written in different ways to reinforce the concept.
- For example, the teacher shows the following equations, asking students if they are true or false statements. Students explain why each equation is true or false, repeating with additional true and false equations using the four operations.

- Teacher provides opportunities to explore the meaning of the equal sign using visual representations (e.g., counters, drawings, base-ten blocks) on a t-chart to represent equations. The teacher provides clarification that the equal sign means “the same as” rather than “the answer is.” Multiple examples are provided for students to evaluate equations as true or false using the four operations with the answers on both the left and right sides of the equation, beginning by using single numbers on either side of the equal sign to build understanding. The same equations are written in different ways to reinforce the concept.
- For example, the teacher shows the following equations. Students use counters, drawings, or base-ten blocks on a t-chart to represent the equation. The teacher asks students if they are true or false statements and has them explain why each equation is true or false, repeating with additional true and false equations using the four operations.

### Instructional Tasks

*Instructional Task 1 *

### Instructional Items

*Instructional Item 1*

- a) This equation is true because the expressions on each side have a quotient of 8.
- b) The equation is true because the expressions on each side have a quotient of 4.
- c) This equation is false because the expressions on each side have a quotient of 8.
- d) This equation is false because the quotient on the left is 8 and the quotient on the right is 4.

**The strategies, tasks and items included in the B1G-M are examples and should not be considered comprehensive.*