I wrote recently that I was having trouble teaching front-end estimation. After that, our class moved on to patterns, and I was feeling great! The kids were getting it, and we were rocking and rolling. However, tomorrow I start teaching them equations. As I've written before, I'm new to teaching and math isn't my strong point, so I'm amazed at how FAST we're supposed to be flying through math. Solving equations in 4th grade? And learning it in a week? Wow. My first experience with algebra was 7th grade. Anyway, I hope I'm wrong about this, but I anticipate flustered students and blank faces when I introduce this new concept. Does anybody have any tips or fun ways to teach this subject so my kids don't freak? Obviously, I wouldn't blame them for their frustration. I'm the one who is supposed to make it make sense.