Subject: Math

Lesson Length: 20 - 35 min

Topic: Operations & Algebraic Thinking- Interpret Numerical Expressions

Grade Level: 5

Objective: Critical thinking, Evaluation


Brief Description: Students will write their own equations using parentheses, brackets, and/or braces and explain the order of how to solve.

Know Before You Start: Students should have prior practice with solving equations or expressions involving parentheses, brackets, and/or braces.

Interpreter Needed! - Exemplar comic, panel 1

Hook: Students will work in pairs to solve the sample problem in the comic.

Activity: Students will write their own equation using parentheses, brackets, and/or braces in 1 frame. Students will explain the order of how to solve that equation in an additional 3-6 frames.

Closure: Students will review and recite/chant the order for solving equations/expressions with parentheses, brackets, and/or braces.



  • Scaffold instruction by providing a visual with step by step directions with the order of operations
  • Allow students to work with a peer model 

    ELL supports

    • Peer Model
    • Allow students to write in their home language 


  • Students should write out and try their equations on a scratch piece of paper first, to be sure it works first, before explaining the solving process.
  • Example comic to print or display: Comic