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From: Janet <mrsmontymath@yahoo.com> To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion Date: 2004072021:51:51 Subject: Re: question (Order of Operations) I attended an Algebra workshop last summer where we were taught the "Order of Op Hop". It's based on the traditional game of hopscotch. 1. Create a grid on the floor (or have students do so outside in groups of about 6). The form should be (working bottomup) a single square, another square on top of it, two squares sidebyside above that, and finally two more sidebyside squares at the top. 2. The students "hop" throught the grid  calling out (all students each time): "Grouping symbols, exponents, multiplicationdivision from left to right, additionsubtraction from left to right". They then hop out of the grid and it's the next student's turn. 3. Back in the classroom, the students recreate the grid on their paper and fill in the symbols (and words) that go with the squares. Roughly, it'd look something like: Square 1 Square 2 Squares 3/4 Squares 5/6 * + ( ) ^x /  (It's hard to draw in text, but I hope I've given the idea a decent representation. I still remember the chant  and it adds that everimportant "from left to right" to the concept.)
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