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# Order of Operations & Evaluating Algebraic Expressions

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This product includes a template great to use in an Interactive Notebook for the Order of Operations, Order of Operations Ladder Activity, Evaluating Algebraic Expressions Puzzle, and a Station Maze (mix of simplifying, evaluating, and evaluating word problems). Directions are included for the ladder, puzzle, and maze. Cooperative learning can be applied to any of the three activities. Just pick the structure you like best.

Students will enjoy having an activity that allows them to practice their skills without using a text book! This can be an individual, partner, or group activity depending on how you choose to structure it. You can choose to do this activity as a game, assignment or just for comprehension. The activity should take around 30 minutes give or take depending on the level of students, but is typically used as a review and/or for additional time on the concept.

Print the activity sheet on card stock, laminate, and cut into horizontal strips (do not cut these into 2 pieces) before assigning the activity to students. This will allow you to reuse the activity multiple times. Students will need his/her own sheet of paper, as the expectation is for students to show all work needed to complete each rung. If the student(s) complete each rung of the ladder correctly, the student(s) will have created a ladder that will have them crossing the finish line!

Use mailing envelopes or small manila envelopes to store the each individual copy and a large manila envelope to store the entire activity for future use.

Evaluating Algebraic Expressions Puzzle:
This activity will challenge students on their skills of evaluating an algebraic expression in the form of a puzzle! Students complete the work to evaluate each expression and match the expression to the correct value. This can be an individual, partner, or group activity depending on how you choose to structure it. You can choose to do this activity as a game, assignment or just for comprehension. The activity should take around 30 minutes give or take depending on the level of students, but is typically used as a review and/or for additional time on the concept.
Print the activity sheet on cardstock, laminate, and cut into the individual squares before assigning the activity to students. This will allow you to reuse the activity multiple times. Students will need his/her own sheet of paper, as the expectation is for students to show all work needed to complete each problem. If the student(s) complete each problem correctly, a 3x3 grid is created that you can quickly check this using the symbols on the puzzle for accuracy!

Station Maze:
A station maze is a great way to get the students up, moving, collaborating, and enjoying working on math! Depending on class size, students can be grouped in 2’, 3’s, or 4’s to work through the station maze. The idea is that students will collaborate and discuss together how to complete each station.

Advise students before beginning that if all stations are completed correctly, no station will be visited more than once. To begin, randomly assign students to one of the stations. Then given them the instructions you wish them to use. I require my students to complete all work on a sheet of paper that is neatly organized and labeled with the station number. As they complete a station, they are to write the chain of the stations in order across the top of their paper so that I can quickly check for accuracy. When students think they have completed the stations, they should come and check with you. There are 10 stations and the correct order is the following: 1 7 9 4 10 6 2 8 3 5 (5 leads back to 1)
No matter where students start, the chain should be in the same order from that starting point.

Order of Operations Template:
The order of operations template is a great piece to add to an Interactive Notebook to help your students apply operations correctly. The template can be copied on colored or white paper and cut out or left as a full sheet. An example is provided that shows additional information that would be good for your students to add. Encourage students to use a variety of colors to enhance and distinguish important information.

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