Order of Operations

Aim: How do we use the order of operations to evaluate numerical expressions?

Course: Grade 6

Warm-Up: A few years ago, a controversial meme with the mathematical problem 8 ÷ 2(2 + 2) went viral. Students use calculators to help them determine the answer.

Homework: Students create or find a similar mathematical meme, explain how to get the answer, and briefly explain common incorrect answers and methods.

Task Rating (see the equity task rubric for details)

  • Rigor: 2 (students use precise language when discussing order of operations)
  • Diversity: 0
  • Identity: 1 (students justify their thinking to each other, but the task isn’t immediately relevant to their lives)
  • Justice: 0

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