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Classroom Idea: Clarifying with Grouping Symbols


Math, Science & Technology

Grade Levels

Intermediate, 5th Grade, 6th Grade


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Mathematics Resource Guide with Core Curriculum Writing Team


Have students express the numbers 1 through 10 by combining 4’s with any mathematical operation. They must make sure they use the order of operations correctly and use parentheses when needed to show exceptions; for example, 5 = (4 x 4 + 4) / 4.

Encourage students to find a variety of solutions. Have them explain why their order of operation works.


Mathematics Resource Guide with Core Curriculum Writing Team. “Classroom Ideas.” Mathematics Resource Guide with Core Curriculum, New York State Department of Education, 80.

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