I still needed to review the order of operations with the students, but I wanted to make sure I would give them a resource they could refer back to throughout the year and into high level maths if necessary. I'm a firm believer that just because I'm not teaching something this year doesn't mean I should avoid it if it will cause confusion later. For example, when I taught fifth grade I didn't tell students you can't subtract five from three (3 - 5) because you can - I just told them that it would be a negative answer and they would learn about that in middle school.
|We wrote notes for each step on the inside|
|We solved a practice problem on the other side|
The students then completed a practice sheet using the order of operations. My students did fairly well with it - a couple of missteps but nothing too bad. However, the next day in our stations as we were working on our algebraic expressions posters (I talked about them here) some kept forgetting to use the order of operations. I would ask them what does the order of operations say to do, and I had more than one student who looked at me with eyes opened wide and asked, 'this is order of operations?!?' We definitely need to keep working on it. :) If you want a copy of this flipbook, click here.
In other news, I took the plunge and opened a teachers pay teachers store, which you realize if you tried to download this flipbook.. I only have three products on there so far (two of which are free), but it was really awesome to wake up this morning and see that someone had given one my freebies 4 out of 4 stars! Someone likes something I made! I know, I'm a bit of a dork, but I am very excited about this new endeavour. I don't expect to ever be making thousands of dollars like some of those AMAZING teachers, but I think I am going to enjoy getting the feedback from other teachers on things I've made - and since I'm a bit of a perfectionist it will encourage me to really think out a lot of the details of things I'm making so I can sell them on there later! You can visit my teachers pay teachers store here. (Even if you don't want to buy anything, you can go see what I'm talking about.) The site overall is a wealth of fantastic resources, and if you aren't using it yet (and you're a teacher), I would encourage you to take a look. A lot of the stuff on there is free too!
How do you get your students to remember to use the order of operations with everything? What do you think about my teacher store?