Order of Operations

An understanding of how to use order of operations is a very important mathematical skill to have under one's belt. Here is a presentation that does a very fine job of describing the order of operations and the proper use of parentheses and gives learners lots and lots of practice in employing the techniques associated with the order of operations.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Adapt this presentation to address the evaluation of algebraic expressions as well as numerical ones
  • Have students turn in their answers to the practice problems at the end of the presentation as an exit ticket
Classroom Considerations

  • Teachers may want to adjust the presentation to include examples of expressions that involve exponents
Pros

  • Presentation walks step-by-step through using the order of operations to evaluate numerous example expressions
  • Feedback is given instantly for the problems that are posed on the slides
  • Resource is downloadable as a PowerPoint file, allowing for teachers to customize it to meet the needs of their class
Cons

  • A couple unusual symbols appear in the example problems, which can be fixed by editing the presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint