Looking to help your students practice order of operations in a fun and engaging way? This bundle includes four activities. There are two paper activities that are interactive, create high engagement, and help get your students working together. The other two are digital (great for distance learning).
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Partner Mystery Match: This partner activity has an environmental mystery message in the end. It is designed to help students practice their knowledge of Order of Operations (with integers and square roots) and promote cooperative learning and get students discussing their answers. Once they have simplified the Order of Operations problems, the letters they obtain from their answers unveil a message about the environment (each Recording Sheet also includes a few interesting facts about the environment as well).
Each partner will get their own Recording Sheet that has eight Order of Operations problems to simplify. Partner A answers the questions from the first column on the Answer Board and Partner B answers the second column of questions on the Answer Board. Students will use the Recording Sheet (the questions are conveniently written on this page too) to show all of their work for each problem. As they work through each problem, they will need to check with their partner to make sure they are getting the same answer for each numbered question. Even though they don’t have the same question, they should be getting the same answer. Then they will find the Answer Card that matches and flip this card upside down and place it in the box in the middle of the Answer Board. The letters revealed should be placed in the corresponding box at the bottom of the Recording Sheet. You will need the letters from both partners to complete the mystery message. This message is about the environment.
Paper Ball Pitch: Ready for your students to get SUPER excited about practicing ANY concept!? Well, try Paper Ball Pitch! It is super engaging – students love it! This activity is designed to practice Order of Operations (with exponents & square roots, as well as integer operations -- see below for a link to Paper Ball Pitch that does not include square roots, if interested in that as well/instead).
Each student starts out with about 2 to 4 paper balls, they get about 30 seconds or so to have a paper ball war, then they work on the problem with their group/partner. Once finished they check their answer, and you do it all over again. This makes even the most reluctant student excited to jump in and try :)
This set includes 11 different questions to help practice order of operations (with square roots and exponents). As well as teacher directions, a student directions page to display, and an answer key.
Drag & Drop DIGITAL Activity: This digital activity (great for distance learning) has been created in Google Slides and is designed to help students practice their knowledge of order of operations (with integers and exponents). Once they have simplified the eight order of operations problems, they drag the question card to the top of the correct answer card. In the end, all eight question cards will cover up the numbers from 1 to 8 provided on the slide. A complete answer key is provided (two versions).
Hit the Target DIGITAL Activity: In this digital activity (Google Slides, great for distance learning) students will practice simplifying four order of operations problems (with integers and exponents). This is a great formative activity to check for student understanding. Try it in small group centers, as a warm up/bell ringer/do now, as an entrance or exit pass, or even as a homework assignment. It is easy for students to check their own work because as they obtain their answers they will find the sum of these four answers in the end, and if they get the same sum that is hidden under the target, they know they did them all correctly. If it is incorrect, they just need to investigate their mistake(s), and try again. The digital activity includes four slides: teacher directions, a blank slide (with the thematic border and "Hit the Target" title in case you need it to add any additional information/directions for your students), a complete answer key, and the activity page.
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