The REAL Order of Operations
When To Do What?
One of the confusing things for new students about math is that we DON'T necessarily work math problems from left to right. Instead, ANY TIME there is more than one operation in an expression, we follow the order of operations.
STEP 1: WATCH THE VIRTUAL CLASS VIDEO AND TAKE NOTES
Make sure to note the following:
The number of steps in the order of operations
The various types of groupings commonly used in math
The order in which to perform operations that are part of the same step
The errors students who memorize "PEMDAS" often make and Kate's preferred alternative.
Do you have a question about the class video, practice, or example problems? Post a picture to our FB group for immediate assistance. Be sure to include the lesson name and level in your post.
STEP 2: COMPLETE ONE LEVEL OF PRACTICE
Preparing for algebra? Isolate the skill of the order of operations by practicing with 2-3 basic operations and whole numbers.
Ready to up your order of operations game? More operations of a greater variety and more sophisticated numbers.