Lesson Plan

Meet Aunt Sally!

Introduce your middle schoolers to the order of operations with this app flow
Kelly A.
Classroom teacher
Ladue Middle School
St. Louis, MO
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
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Students will be able to...

  • evaluate numerical expressions using the correct order of operations
Grades 6 - 7
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1 Plan

Free, Paid

If you have access to iPads, ESpark can be a great resource in planning individualized instruction for your students. After you have entered assessment data, ESpark recommends iPad apps, ebooks, podcasts, and more for your students based on their strengths and development needs. It’s a great place to start as you lay out your unit.

2 Intro/Hook

Free to Try, Paid

The Flocabulary “PEMDAS” will catch your students’ attention and give them a good introduction to why we need to evaluate expressions in a certain order. They will love the bright animations and catchy beat. You could even use the song as background music as they work through activities to help reinforce their memory.

3 Direct Instruction

Because the concept of order of operations is very process-heavy, it is critical that students are engaged in the direct instruction portion of your lesson. NearPod is a fantastic way to make direct instruction interactive and interesting. The teacher creates a presentation which students can view on their own devices. NearPod makes it easy to organize lesson content and embed media from other sources to support your teaching. As they go through the presentation, students can take notes and answer questions to keep them engaged in the material.

4 Guided Practice

When your students are ready to try problems on their own, Think Through Math is a great option for individualized practice. Your students will work through problems on the site and receive instant feedback on their answers. If a student gets a question wrong, the program will help them break down the problem step-by-step. There is even an option for students to work with a live teacher if they are struggling. Think Through Math emphasizes the process of solving multi-step problems, so your students will feel confident as they work through the module.

5 Independent Practice

5 Dice is a fun way to get your students thinking critically about constructing expressions! Simply put, they will “roll” the dice on their iPad, and use their knowledge of order of operations to create an expression that yields a target value. What sets this app apart is the numerous options for gameplay - single player, multi-player, just adding and subtracting, all operations, even exponents - it’s all there!

6 Assess

After you have completed the above activities, assess your students’ mastery of order of operations using Socrative. This interactive “clicker” app allows your students to answer questions that you write using their own device. You can include a variety of question types and answer choices, which will keep your students thinking actively. Socrative allows you to gauge who has mastered the concepts addressed without taking home a huge stack of papers to grade!