Teaching Order of Operations

Today we tried something different for teaching Order of Operations and it was GOOD. Here’s the set up: We made 8 1/2×11 laminated number cards, two sets of 0 through 9, as well as operator cards, two sets of +, -, *, division symbol, ( and ). Then I was going to have the kids use scratch paper, which will work just fine, but decided at the last minute to use the mini-whiteboards (and the standing white boards ~ more on these later). I think that was a good choice. The kids really love them and it adds an element of engagement. Do you have those? They’re not that expensive anymore and well worth the investment. That’s it on supplies. Then I started by doing a quick review/overview of Order of Operations. These are 6th graders and they had seen this math in 5th grade. Then I explained that we Read More →