Interpreter Needed! Creating and Solving Equations

Subject: Math

Lesson Length: 20 - 35 mins

Topic: Operations and Algebraic Thinking; Interpret Numerical Expressions

Grade Level: 5

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will write 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.


  • Have students work in pairs to solve the problem in the sample comic.


  • Have students create a comic that includes their own equation
  • Panel 1 should include their equation.
  • Additional panels should explain the order in which the equation is solved.


  • Have students review and recite the order of operations.


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.
  • Scaffold instruction by providing a visual with step-by-step directions with the order of operations.

  • Allow students to work with a peer model.

  • Allow students to write in their home language.


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.

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