Friday, January 15, 2016

Order of Operations Hopscotch!

Hi, it's Kim from Quinnessential Lessons. I want to share with you one of the ways I get my students moving in math class. It's so important to get students up and moving while learning. You can't dispute the research out there. Kids learn better if they are up and moving/doing vs. sitting still and watching.

I try and incorporate movement into my lessons whenever I can. Sometimes I am more successful than others. Order of Operations Hopscotch is a keeper!

I can't remember where I got the idea but once I read about it, I knew I had to try it. I have been doing it ever since.

After teaching the students order of operations, we go outside and create order of operations hopscotch games. I break up the class into groups of 3 or 4. Each group is given sidewalk chalk to create their own hopscotch board. 
The students then take turns playing hopscotch. As they work their way through the game, they must say the steps as they hop - "Parenthesis, Exponents, Multiplication and Division left to right, Addition and Subtraction left to right."
This is a great way to reinforce the fact that there are 4 steps in the order of operations NOT 6. 

How do you get your students up and moving during lessons? 

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