Order of Operations

Young mathematicians analyze computation errors by three hypothetical learners. It begins with a scenario that presents an equation that includes addition, multiplication, division, and subtraction. According to the order of operations, one cannot simply solve from left to right, but follow the rules to arrive at the correct answer. The comprehensive instructional activity is a must for pupils to show what they know.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Distribute at the end of a unit on the order of operations to check for understanding
  • Go over the sheet in class and have a grand discussion of responses
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners should be familiar with the order of operations

  • The two-page resource contains five open-ended response questions for learners to explain their thinking

  • None