Order of Operations and Integrating Literature with Coordinates!

Saturday, December 3, 2016
This week we focused on Order of Operations without exponents.  I developed a great activity that allowed students to analyze different problems while looking for mistakes.  I instructed the students that they were human lie detectors :) .  Students determined if the statements where Truths or Lies.  Students worked through each problem justifying why the problem was a Truth and why the problem was a Lie.  They sorted the cards onto the sorting mat which has QR codes to reveal the correct answers.

You can get your own copy of this activity by visiting my store: Order of Operations Lie Detector Activity

Next the students played a partner game in which students "Choose Your Fate".  Students were given an equation card with a QR Code.  The partner chooses the fate (which step to solve the problem to) of the other partner.  This is a great activity to really focus in on which step is first and which step is third and so on.  This is also a QR Code activity which reveals all the steps to solve each equation.  This is very rigorous and really helped my students slow down and look at each individual step! 

If you would like the Choose Your Fate activity click HERE to be taken to my store! 

On Friday we began one of my favorite units which is coordinate grids.  I love to integrate literature whenever possible, so we started off the unit with the Fly on the Ceiling by Julie Glass.  This is a great book to begin learning coordinates and it actually tells a story about how Rene Decartes developed the coordinate system.  Afterwards the students had their own flies on the ceiling activity to practice plotting flies onto a coordinate grid.  I bought little plastic flies from Amazon.  The students LOVED this activity! 

If you would love to have flies on your ceiling, check out my Shoo-Fly Activity: HERE

Until next time! 
Peace, Love and Math! 

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