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Order of Operations

posted Sep 13, 2016, 6:52 PM by Robert MacLean   [ updated Sep 13, 2016, 6:52 PM ]


Hope you had a good long weekend.

I've had a couple of parents ask me how they can support their child in upcoming assessments. The next math assessment isn't for at least a week, but it never hurts to start early!

In Math we've been learning about the Order of Operations and how they work. This is a great video if you need to brush up - 

YouTube Video

I'm confident that students have the steps down and understand the process. However, if you would like more practice, I suggest this math game 'Order of Operations - Royal Rescue'  royal rescue

As we move on, we'll be using Order of Operations to tell stories. (We started this last week.) An example of this is on the Math blog under 'Order of Operations - Lesson 3: Real Life Situations' Math Blog Order of Operations

Students can use the 'fair tickets printable' attached to write out a variety of expressions, equations and stories that could match how they could spend a certain amount of tickets, or a certain number of tickets with some left over. 

Example - 'Write an equation showing how you could spend exactly 40 tickets. Write a corresponding story documenting how you spent the tickets.' 


'Write an expression showing how you could spend 35 tickets. Remember, you mom said you have to save 5 for your sister!! Write a corresponding story documenting how the tickets were spent.'

 Fair Tickets printable

All games and review can be found on the Math blog. Math Blog

As we move on to multiplication and division in the next unit, I will bring up this website, which is a great resource for students to practice their times tables. Multiplication Self Marking Quizzes

I highly suggest students spend some time practicing their times tables. While I will go over some strategies in class, it doesn't hurt to hone these skills and practice until they are rote. These online quizzes are timed and can even be saved to their drive so students can monitor their progress.

-Mr. Mac

Problem Solving

posted Aug 9, 2016, 8:17 AM by Karoli Melwani   [ updated Aug 11, 2016, 7:58 PM ]

During the first weeks of school students spend time organizing their materials and learning classroom routines and expectations. In math during these next two weeks students will focus on different approaches to solving problems and be challenged to explain their thinking. Students became familiar with the  brain frame below when solving problems. The focus on these lessons is on the process of solving problem and effective critique of reasoning. Students will brainstorm and apply different strategies to solve problems such as: working backwards, guess and check, making a list, and using logical reasoning. Students will be working small group rotations to practice their problem solving skills and developed their ability to communicate.

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