Why is GEMS the Best Way to Teach Order of Operations?

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Why is GEMS the Best Way to Teach Order of Operations?

Students who master the order of operations at a young age have a much better chance of excelling at higher levels of math than those who don't.

Many teachers rely on teaching the order of operations using popular PEMDAS. mnemonic (and the played-out Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally catchphrase).

But many students fail to ever grasp a true conceptual and procedural understanding of how to correctly apply the order or operations, and PEMDAS is the likely culprit.

The following video shows you a more effective strategy for teaching the order of operations and it includes a free reference sheet and practice worksheet (keep reading to access the video and resources). The video focuses on using the GEMS mnemonic instead of PEMDAS and answers the following questions:

-Why is PEMDAS bad?

-What does GEMS stand for in order of operations?

-Why is GEMS more effective than PEMDAS when teaching order of operations?

Click Here to download your free GEMS REFERENCE GUIDE AND WORKSHEET.

Learning Standard: 3rd Grade Operations and Algebraic Thinking

Solve problems involving the four operations, and identify and explain patterns in arithmetic.

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Solve two-step word problems using the four operations. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding.3

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Identify arithmetic patterns (including patterns in the addition table or multiplication table), and explain them using properties of operations. For example, observe that 4 times a number is always even, and explain why 4 times a number can be decomposed into two equal addends.

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Anthony is the content crafter and head educator for YouTube's MashUp Math and an advisor to Amazon Education's 'With Math I Can' Campaign. You can often find me happily developing animated math lessons to share on my YouTube channel . Or spending way too much time at the gym or playing on my phone.

 

 
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Check Out This Awesome Mean, Median, and Mode Activity!

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Check Out This Awesome Mean, Median, and Mode Activity!

Math students are more engaged and participative learners when they are actively engaged with what they are learning.

And one of the best ways to achieve this high level of engagement is through the use of hands-on activities.

So, when it comes time to help your kids gain a deep conceptual understanding of measures of central tendency (mean, median, mode, and range), you'll need a fun and engaging hands-on group activity.

If you are looking for a fun mean, median, and mode activity to add to your lesson plans, check out this awesome hands-on activity idea involving playing cards (and it includes a free lesson guide and worksheet!).

Click Here to download your free LESSON GUIDE AND WORKSHEET.

Learning Standard: 6th Grade Statistics and Probability 

Giving quantitative measures of center (median and/or mean) and variability (interquartile range and/or mean absolute deviation), as well as describing any overall pattern and any striking deviations from the overall pattern with reference to the context in which the data were gathered.

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Have You Seen These Free Pokémon Math Puzzles?

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Have You Seen These Free Pokémon Math Puzzles?

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Are you ready to channel your kids' enthusiasm for Pokémon into learning math?

Math puzzles give your kids an opportunity to think critically and deeply about mathematics, develop problem-solving strategies, and work through challenging problems.

And when math problems incorporate your kids' personal interests (because who doesn't love Pokémon?), their engagement will skyrocket!

So, go ahead and try these challenges and puzzles with your kids this month. These free and printable Pokemon math activities are perfect for warm-up and/or cool-down activities and are great for sparking mathematical discussions in your home or classroom. The puzzles are perfect for students in grades 3 through 8.

How to Download: You can download any of the puzzles by right-clicking on the image and saving it to your computer or by dragging-and-dropping it to your desktop.

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1.) Find the value of the '?'

Use your math skills to find the value of each icon.

Pikachu = 13

Jigglypuff = 13

Snorlax = 3

Meowth = 6

? = 29

Hint: Since Pikachu and Jigglypuff are equal to each other, they are interchangable.

 

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2.) Multiplication tables work like a Bingo board, where the value of each box represents the product of its corresponding row and column.

Star = 1

Caterpie = 3

Trainer and Charmander = 7

Egg = 21

Dratini = 6

Psyduck = 14

Ratatat = 2

Looking for more free math challenges like this one to share with your kids? click here

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3.) Multiplication Area Model

Area models help kids to think visually about multiplication, which is the approach that Mathematical Mindsets author Jo Boaler recommends most for improving math understanding.

Megaball = 20

Pikachu = 5

Egg Incubator = 100


Are you looking for more daily math challenges and puzzles to share with your kids?

My best-selling workbook 101 Math Challenges for Engaging Your Students is now available as a PDF download. You can get yours today by clicking here.


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4.) Which One Doesn't Belong? 

Remember that WODB? activities are meant to spark mathematical thinking and discussion and do not have a single correct answer.

Want to learn more about how to use WOBD? math activities with your kids? click here

Tip: Have your kids justify their thinking in writing!


Are you looking for more daily WODB? math graphics?

You can now share 101 daily WODB warm-up activities for grades 1-9 with your kids with our PDF workbook!


5.) Math Writing Prompt

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Writing about math encourages creativity, exploration, and communicating one's thoughts and feelings, which leads to deep and meaningful understanding of difficult math concepts.

And Think/Notice/Wonder (TNW) writing activities are a great way to get your kids engaged in math writing every day.

Want to learn more about how to use TNW math activities with your kids? click here


Want more? Download 101 Daily Think-Notice-Wonder Writing Prompts for Engaging Your Kids

You can now share 101 Daily Think-Notice-Wonder Writing Prompts with your kids with our PDF workbook!


How will you use these math puzzles with your kids? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section below!

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By Anthony Persico

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Anthony is the content crafter and head educator for YouTube's MashUp Math and an advisor to Amazon Education's 'With Math I Can' Campaign. You can often find me happily developing animated math lessons to share on my YouTube channel . Or spending way too much time at the gym or playing on my phone.

 
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Are You Ready? 5 Free St Patricks Day Math Activities for Grades 3-8

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Are You Ready? 5 Free St Patricks Day Math Activities for Grades 3-8

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Are you ready to channel your kids' enthusiasm for St. Patrick's Day into learning math?

Math puzzles give your kids an opportunity to think critically and deeply about mathematics, develop problem-solving strategies, and work through challenging problems.

And when math problems incorporate your kids' personal interests, their engagement will skyrocket!

So, go ahead and try these challenges and puzzles with your kids this month. These free and printable St. Patrick's Day math activities are perfect for warm-up and/or cool-down activities and are great for sparking mathematical discussions in your home or classroom. The puzzles are perfect for students in grades 3 through 8.

How to Download: You can download any of the puzzles by right-clicking on the image and saving it to your computer or by dragging-and-dropping it to your desktop.

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1.) Find the value of the '?'

Use your math skills to find the value of each icon.

Top Hat = 3

Pot of Gold = 9

Teddy Bear = 5

Irish Flag = 4

? = 21

Hint: Start with the Teddy Bear.

 

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2.) Multiplication tables work like a Bingo board, where the value of each box represents the product of its corresponding row and column.

Rainbow = 0

Green Hat = 1

Leprechaun = 2

Heart = 4

Pot of Gold = 0

Shamrock = 5

Looking for more free math challenges like this one to share with your kids? click here

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3.) Multiplication Area Model

Area models help kids to think visually about multiplication, which is the approach that Mathematical Mindsets author Jo Boaler recommends most for improving math understanding.

Balloons = 10

Shoe = 6

Leprechaun = 60

Shamrock = 30


Are you looking for more daily math challenges and puzzles to share with your kids?

My best-selling workbook 101 Math Challenges for Engaging Your Students is now available as a PDF download. You can get yours today by clicking here.


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4.) Which One Doesn't Belong? 

Remember that WODB? activities are meant to spark mathematical thinking and discussion and do not have a single correct answer.

Want to learn more about how to use WOBD? math activities with your kids? click here

Tip: Have your kids justify their thinking in writing!


Are you looking for more daily WODB? math graphics?

You can now share 101 daily WODB warm-up activities for grades 1-9 with your kids with our PDF workbook!


5.) Math Writing Prompt

TNW.jpg

Writing about math encourages creativity, exploration, and communicating one's thoughts and feelings, which leads to deep and meaningful understanding of difficult math concepts.

And Think/Notice/Wonder (TNW) writing activities are a great way to get your kids engaged in math writing every day.

Want to learn more about how to use TNW math activities with your kids? click here


Want more? Download 101 Daily Think-Notice-Wonder Writing Prompts for Engaging Your Kids

You can now share 101 Daily Think-Notice-Wonder Writing Prompts with your kids with our PDF workbook!


How will you use these math puzzles with your kids? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section below!

(Never miss a Mashup Math blog--click here to get our weekly newsletter!)

By Anthony Persico

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Anthony is the content crafter and head educator for YouTube's MashUp Math and an advisor to Amazon Education's 'With Math I Can' Campaign. You can often find me happily developing animated math lessons to share on my YouTube channel . Or spending way too much time at the gym or playing on my phone.

 
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Have You Seen These Free Super Mario Math Puzzles?

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Have You Seen These Free Super Mario Math Puzzles?

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Are you ready to channel your kids' enthusiasm for Nintendo's Super Mario into learning math?

Math puzzles give your kids an opportunity to think critically and deeply about mathematics, develop problem-solving strategies, and work through challenging problems.

And when math problems incorporate your kids' personal interests (because who doesn't love Super Mario?), their engagement will skyrocket!

So, go ahead and try these challenges and puzzles with your kids this month. These free and printable Super Mario math activities are perfect for warm-up and/or cool-down activities and are great for sparking mathematical discussions in your home or classroom. The puzzles are perfect for students in grades 1 through 8.

How to Download: You can download any of the puzzles by right-clicking on the image and saving it to your computer or by dragging-and-dropping it to your desktop.

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1.) Find the value of the '?'

Use your math skills to find the value of each icon.

Mario = 12

Bowser = 0

Toad = 6

Princess Peach = 12

? = 30

Hint: Since Peach and Mario are equal to each other, then are interchangable.

 

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2.) Multiplication tables work like a Bingo board, where the value of each box represents the product of its corresponding row and column.

Boo = 1

Goomba = 5

Chomp = 6

Bullett = 2

Bowser = 10

Shy Guy = 30

Looking for more free math challenges like this one to share with your kids? click here

MarioAreaModel.jpg

3.) Multiplication Area Model

Area models help kids to think visually about multiplication, which is the approach that Mathematical Mindsets author Jo Boaler recommends most for improving math understanding.

Mushroom = 4

Flower = 10

Mario = 40

Red Shell = 3

Star = 30


Are you looking for more daily math challenges and puzzles to share with your kids?

My best-selling workbook 101 Math Challenges for Engaging Your Students is now available as a PDF download. You can get yours today by clicking here.


MarioWODB.jpg

4.) Which One Doesn't Belong? 

Remember that WODB? activities are meant to spark mathematical thinking and discussion and do not have a single correct answer.

Want to learn more about how to use WOBD? math activities with your kids? click here

Tip: Have your kids justify their thinking in writing!


Are you looking for more daily WODB? math graphics?

You can now share 101 daily WODB warm-up activities for grades 1-9 with your kids with our PDF workbook!


5.) Math Writing Prompt

TNW.jpg

Writing about math encourages creativity, exploration, and communicating one's thoughts and feelings, which leads to deep and meaningful understanding of difficult math concepts.

And Think/Notice/Wonder (TNW) writing activities are a great way to get your kids engaged in math writing every day.

Want to learn more about how to use TNW math activities with your kids? click here


Want more? Download 101 Daily Think-Notice-Wonder Writing Prompts for Engaging Your Kids

You can now share 101 Daily Think-Notice-Wonder Writing Prompts with your kids with our PDF workbook!


How will you use these math puzzles with your kids? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section below!

(Never miss a Mashup Math blog--click here to get our weekly newsletter!)

By Anthony Persico

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Anthony is the content crafter and head educator for YouTube's MashUp Math and an advisor to Amazon Education's 'With Math I Can' Campaign. You can often find me happily developing animated math lessons to share on my YouTube channel . Or spending way too much time at the gym or playing on my phone.

 
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