After reading Balancing Act
and Equal Schmequal,
we spent the entire week balancing on balance beams and teeter totters. We did a lot of thinking and motor planning to make us balance. We worked alone and with partners just like in our books.
This little guy was really working on his balance with some of his first steps...
We used balances to make both sides "equal schmequal" with all kinds of materials- balls, water, pine cones, shells, rocks, etc.
Levels helped us know if the two sides were balanced.
Learning how to use a level also helped us as we built structures with blocks.
We even created "balance" in our artwork. Eyedropper painting illustrated this perfectly. We dropped paint on our papers and as soon as we were satisfied, we folded the paper in half and rubbed the outside, squishing the paint on the inside. When we opened up our paper- surprise! The results, as always, were amazing. Our paintings were the same on each side...balanced...equal schmequal!