Mapping out what’s been done to a variable using order of operations
Using flow charts to solve equations
Observing that we have to use
order of operations to find the value of a variable
Materials and Handouts Homework
Copy the arrows and boxes onto thicker paper and cut them out. Itwould be great if I could put packing tape or laminate over the boxesso we could write on them with white board markers. 5-10minutes
Go over homework
Have them write in all the values in the flow chart by evaluating each expression2.
Then have them write what’s being done to the expression each time by putting
the operation over the arrow.
Have them work through each of the three flow chart examples.a.
I do the first one with them,b.
We do the second togetherc.
They should be able to do the third on their own.2.
Explain that in the last problem, a new word popped up:
. What do theythink it means?a.
Equation means: An expression squirted out a specific number whensomething was plugged in originally
, so we write it as “expression”=”the
number squirted out
Solving an equation means: Taking the number that was squirted out andundoing everything the expression did to find the original number that wasplugged in.3.
Play a game using the manipulatives on the next page.a.
They make an expression using the arrows and boxes on the next page.b.
I roll a die (don’t let them see it) an plug it into the
expression and tell themthe resultc.
They have to figure out what I rolled. If they figure it out, they get a point. If
they can’t figure it out, I get a point.
Repeat with a new expression.4.
Then go through the “real
world” Natalia example with them. Make sure they’re
writing the expression, then drawing the flow chart, then writing the equation,
going backwards to solve for the variable.