# Understand the use of the equals sign in equations

I can understand how we use the equal sign to show that the whole and the sum of its parts are equal.

# Understand the use of the equals sign in equations

I can understand how we use the equal sign to show that the whole and the sum of its parts are equal.

## Lesson details

### Key learning points

- We can write an equation to show that the whole is equal to the sum of its parts.
- The equals sign = represents ‘is equal to’. It shows us which parts of the equation are equal.
- When adding, the whole is called the sum.
- The sum is equal to the two addends.
- You can rearrange an equation as long as both sides of the equation remain equal to each other.

### Common misconception

Children may believe the equal sign must always be placed at the end of the equation.

Provide opportunities to rearrange equations, initially where both addends are presented as one unit which balances the sum.

### Keywords

Is equal to - Exactly the same amount or value.

Equals symbol - = shows that what is on the left of the symbol is exactly the same amount or value as what is on the right of the symbol.

Equation - An equation says that two things are equal. It will have an equal sign like this =

Sum - The result of adding two or more numbers.

### Licence

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## Starter quiz

### 6 Questions

## Exit quiz

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