Order of Operations

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Our comprehensive lesson on Order of operations will introduce students to the correct producers in completing equations.  In this lesson students will be able to apply order of operations to mathematical expressions. From getting dressed to comprehensive algorithms, the order of operations can be applied to the majority of every day life.

Order of Operations Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Order of Operations.
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on comparing and contrasting Order of Operations.
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 5-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

Our comprehensive lesson on Order of operations will introduce students to the correct producers in completing equations.  In this lesson students will be able to apply order of operations to mathematical expressions. From getting dressed to comprehensive algorithms, the order of operations can be applied to the majority of every day life.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Begin by explaining to students that following a process is very important. Ask them what process they follow and what would happen if they mixed up a step. Use getting dressed as an example or cooking and eating dinner. Stress that it is important in math so that we all get the same answers.
  2. While reading the content pages, reinforce vocabulary and give students additional examples of order of operations problems in order to help them practice the new algorithm. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  3. Introduce the notes on order of operations. Have students practice problems using all the operators. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  4. Have students practice problems while repeating the steps out loud.
  5. Follow Activity page with students. Have students work individually or in pairs.
  6. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses as a class.
  7. Distribute the Homework page. Have students work a few problems at the beginning of the next class to reinforce the algorithm.
  8. In closing, ask students to repeat the steps used in following the order of operations.
  9. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.Math.Content.5.OAA.A.3
CCSS.Math.Content.6.EE.A.1

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 1 class sessions

Additional Resources:

Want more math resources? Check out our other Math Lesson Plans!

Additional information

Grade Level

5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Math