## Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Algebra: Equal or Not Equal - Section 3: Closure

In order to gain a conceptual understanding of the order of operations, the counters worked really well to help the students find the values of the expressions.  It helped the visual and kinethetic learners feel comfortable with grasping a new skill.  By using the sentence, "Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally", the students could work the problem step by step with the counters.  For example, (4 x 2) + 6.  The students used the counters to find 4 x 2 = 8.  Then the students adding 6 more counters.  The students added all of the counters to find their value of 14.  I sensed a level of confidence in the students just because they had the counters available for their use.

Using Counters
Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Using Counters

# Algebra: Equal or Not Equal

Unit 3: Algebra
Lesson 1 of 3

## Big Idea: Students learn that equations always have an equal sign and can be true or false.

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Math, order of operations, Number Sense and Operations, Operations , equation, counters, expressions
50 minutes

### Rose Monroe

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