Lesson Length: 20 - 35 mins
Topic: Operations & Algebraic Thinking; Interpret Numerical Expressions
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.
Hook: Students will work in pairs to solve the problem in the sample comic.
Activity: Students will write their own equation using parentheses, brackets, and/or braces in one panel. Students will explain the order of how to solve that equation in an additional three-to-six panels.
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.
Allow students to write in their home language.
- Comic to print or display: Comic.
Students should write out and try their equations on a scrap piece of paper first, to be sure it works before explaining the solving process.
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