Reflection: Trust and Respect Order of Operations & Decimals - Section 3: Guided Practice


It is important for me that my students feel comfortable to take risks.  Today was the first time I showed them the lesson image that I had chosen for the lesson.  They loved it.  Pictures really do speak louder than words, this image gave students reassurance that nothing is unattainable.  All students were able to break this problem down when they got past the "it looks to hard" initial reaction.  

Gradually releasing the students from solving simple expressions to more complex allowed them to have the confidence and discipline needed to break down a complex expression.  

The class was buzzing with excitement as they hummed the PEMDAS don't stress song and pulled away.  The reflections the students wrote supported my thinking, they are confident in their ability to simplify expressions and enjoy the challenge.


  Trust and Respect: Impossible
Loading resource...

Order of Operations & Decimals

Unit 1: Numerical Expressions and Patterns
Lesson 7 of 13

Objective: SWBAT apply the order of operations to simplify expressions involving whole numbers and decimals.

Big Idea: Students will use EVERYTHING they have already learned to simplify some tricky expressions (exponents, decimals, and order of operations are all combined).

  Print Lesson
12 teachers like this lesson
Math, Decimals, Number Sense and Operations, Exponents, variable, order of operations (exponents), prior knowledge, rigor, Operations
  55 minutes
screen shot 2014 02 01 at 1 39 51 pm
Similar Lessons
Writing Numeric Expressions
6th Grade Math » Expressions
Big Idea: Expressions can be used to represent a mathematical or real-world problem using numbers and symbols to make meaning of a problem and understand problems.
New Haven, CT
Environment: Urban
Carla Seeger
Problem Set: Number Lines
Algebra I » Number Tricks, Patterns, and Abstractions
Big Idea: A number line gives us a way to visualize order of operations, bridging the gap between abstract and quantitative reasoning . As we begin, students pay close attention to scale.
Worcester, MA
Environment: Urban
James Dunseith
Algebra: Equal or Not Equal
4th Grade Math » Algebra
Big Idea: Students learn that equations always have an equal sign and can be true or false.
Memphis, TN
Environment: Urban
Rose Monroe
Something went wrong. See details for more info
Nothing to upload