Reflection: Journaling Using Order of Operations & Parentheses - Section 4: Closure

It is so important to connect math with literacy. Being able to write about what you're thinking makes ideas that much more concrete. Earlier in the year I found that my students grumbled and moaning when it was time to do any kind of writing. I slowly weaned them into 2-3 sentence paragraphs to longer paragraphs, to a 4-5 paragraph essay. As I did this, students were held accountable for writing throughout the curriculum--even in math and science.

I have provided sentence frames (starters) on occasion, and then sometimes have provided key words that must be included. I typically like to use the key words more, and then use the sentence frame starters for my students with special needs as this provides for differentiation and a release of responsibility. This work sample provides a very clear overview of my student's thinking.

Math Journal Writing
Journaling: Math Journal Writing

Using Order of Operations & Parentheses

Unit 2: Operations & Algebraic Thinking
Lesson 1 of 5

Big Idea: "Fish around" to find out why using numeric expressions is a good strategy to find total numbers!

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Math, order of operations, evaluate expressions
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