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Algebraic Thinking and Operations

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Recommended Technology: 

Smart Board and Laminating machine 

Other instructional materials or notes: 

Dry-erase markers
Pumpkin activity materials (provided)
Laminating Materials 
Socks (dry erasers)
Dry Erase boards 

Pumpkin Problems : Numerical Expressions

Less than 1 hour
Lesson type: 
Traditional Lesson
Lesson overview: 

The students will be able to evaluate numerical expressions involving grouping symbols. In this fall themed lesson, students will use engaging materials such as pumpkin cutouts, dry-erase boards, and markers. Students will use the acronym of teacher’s choice (PEMDAS) to solve problems as a small group. They will break apart the problem and write answers (steps to solving expressions) on pumpkins, put steps together, and come to a final answer as a group. They will record their answer on a whiteboard and share with the class at the end of the lesson. This is a whole group and small group lesson involving student-lead presentations that allow for academic feedback from the teacher. For groups who are struggling, the teacher will have a chance to pull small groups during pumpkin activity to scaffold and give the teacher a chance to record anecdotal notes for assessment purposes. 

Essential Question: 

When evaluating numerical expressions, where do I start?

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