Today I encouraged my students to think about what equal means. The book, Equal Shmequal, is one of my favorites for helping kids begin to think deeper about the word...equal. What I also realized as I read it aloud that it made my kids laugh and think. They were turning and talking to each other on their own as I read it. It was nice to see kids engaging after being together for 12 days.
To help build understanding, we jotted our thoughts about the word equal before reading the book and after reading it. The conversation we had will be one that we can refer back to throughout the year.