Reflection: Complex Tasks Learning About the Orders of Operations - Section 1: DO NOW


I began by reading the task to the students.  I explained to them that they needed to make sense of the problem and find a starting point (MP1).  Students drew pictures and they were able to solve it mathematically.  I then instructed the students that had completed the problem to do the following.  If you found a mathematical solution, then visually support your answer. If you drew a picture, then look to see if you can find a mathematical solution. (MP4).  

I was very impressed with their ability to solve this problem.  As a whole group, we implemented MP 7 and 8.  I showed the students the visual representation along with the pattern and generalization that could be made.

Visual representation 

The beauty of sharing solutions...

As students were talking through their solutions with a partner, I heard one student say, "Aahh, I see where I went wrong" and then he corrected his solution based upon the conversation with his partner. 

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Learning About the Orders of Operations

Unit 6: Expressions
Lesson 2 of 14

Objective: SWBAT to use the orders of operations to solve numerical expressions

Big Idea: 8 ÷ 4 x 2 is the answer 4 or 1? Students find out!

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