This lesson helps students to understand how to apply the correct order of operations, an area where confusion abounds! Students entering algebra frequently believe erroneously that multiplication is always done before division; and they are often unaware of the importance of the correct order of operation, which causes them to be careless. This lesson plan clears up misunderstandings by providing students with a note-taking sheet with clear examples that they can fill in with the teacher. A teacher copy of the note sheet, completely filled out, is also provided. Each of Dr. Q's lesson plans includes common core standards, lesson objectives, an activator or do-now, a mini-lesson, a learning activity, a wrap-up activity, and a homework assignment. On the back of the note sheet are nine checkpoint practice problems (remember to print note sheet and check-point problems front-and-back, to save paper!). A short quiz (a "quizlet") ends the lesson, and a homework assignment rounds things off. As always, a silly math joke is included on the note-taking sheet. Answer keys are included for all problems. The activator and quizlet can be printed two-on-a-page, which also saves paper; or you can use a document camera or overhead to project them on the board, and students can use their own paper.
Order of Operations with Four-Square Notes
by Dr. Q
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