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SolveMe Mobiles

SolveMe Mobiles from the US National Science Foundation invites students to play with virtual mobiles: balanced structures with hidden values for the weights. These interactive puzzles help develop algebraic and problem-solving skills.

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Year level(s) Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10
Audience Student
Purpose Student task, Home practice tasks
Format Interactive
Teaching strategies and pedagogical approaches Concrete Representational Abstract model
Keywords algebra, balance beam, unknowns

Curriculum alignment

Strand and focus Algebra, Build understanding
Topics Algebraic expressions, Patterns and algebra
AC: Mathematics content descriptions
ACMNA175 Introduce the concept of variables as a way of representing numbers using letters
ACMNA133 Continue and create sequences involving whole numbers, fractions and decimals. Describe the rule used to create the sequence
ACMNA121 Find unknown quantities in number sentences involving multiplication and division and identify equivalent number sentences involving multiplication and division
ACMNA083 Find unknown quantities in number sentences involving addition and subtraction and identify equivalent number sentences involving addition and subtraction
ACMNA060 Describe, continue, and create number patterns resulting from performing addition or subtraction
ACMNA035 Describe patterns with numbers and identify missing elements

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