"PEMDAS" / Order of Operations: "doodle notes" -
This set does NOT include negative numbers. A "GEMDAS" version is also included for those who prefer that acronym.
*This resource is also available as part of a DISCOUNTED bundle:
Expressions & Equations Bundle
When students color or doodle in math class, it activates both hemispheres of the brain at the same time. There are proven benefits of this cross-lateral brain activity:
- new learning
- relaxation (less math anxiety)
- visual connections
- better memory & retention of the content!
Students fill in the sheets, answer the questions, and color, doodle or embellish. Then, they can use it as a study guide later on.
- concept behind using the correct order of operations for expressions
- a more effective new acronym for remembering PEMDAS in a way that emphasizes that multiplication and division happen TOGETHER from left to right (same for adding and subtracting)
- visual memory triggers for the analogy
- example and practice identifying operations
- different types of grouping symbols
- how to show work step-by-step vertically
- practice and examples
Check out the preview for more detail about this item and the research behind it.
Visual note taking strategies like sketch notes or doodle notes are based on dual coding theory. When we can blend the text input with graphic/visual input, the student brain processes the information differently and can more easily convert the new learning into long-term memory.
This strategy also integrates the left and right hemispheres of the brain to increase focus, learning, and retention!
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