So, with the new year brings healing for this girl!  On December 23rd, I took a little spill and created the ugly monster to the right--severly sprained ankle.  I'd like to tell you the story of how I carried a dog out of a burning building....but the truth is that I was heading to the bathroom and missed the step down (in my defense I was at a new friend's house and wasn't familiar with the step down).  Oh, did I mention that I was in Georgia visiting my husband's family and friends?  So, $250 dollars, an air cast , a pair of crutches, and a new set of arm muscles later I'm hanging out on the couch, healing.  This lull means....BLOG TIME! 

Along with this new found blog time comes the infamous sub plans.  The first day back in January is usually my "GAME ON" time.  The kids are ready to get back to school, I'm rejuvinated, and the count down to the writing test begins.  This year it meant limping all around, explaining my non-climatic story to everyone, and getting sub plans and supplies together.  So what will the sub be covering?

Order of Operations (OoO) is coming up in math.  Easy enough to teach!  Actually one of my favorite math topics. We teach them that there are three levels to OoO: Level 1-Parentheses (or any type of grouping symbol) and then exponents, Level 2-multiplication or division (left to right), Level 3-addition or subtraction (left to right). In fifth grade we don't cover exponents, so our tests don't include them, BUT I usually explain them and the kids catch on pretty quickly.

 I thought I'd share with you some of the things I do to cover this topic:

First of all, have you ever seen this video?  My kids this year already knew about it from my kids from last year. I <3 Mr. Q-U-E! Head over to his website to find more math topics.

Head over to TPT to download Mike's cute OoO poster.

Here is a pretty fun BINGO game. 

The Virginia Department of Education has provided the lessons Order Out of Chaos. I, personally, like the 4s activity.  It's a brain buster for some.  One of the acitivities requires number tiles.  Make your own with shower tiles from your local hardware store.  Cheap and easy.  Plus, the magic eraser can take off the permanent marker so you can use the tiles again for letters, words, etc. 

Anyhoo, if you teach OoO, feel free to add these things to your plans...and also share with me links or ideas you use! 

Teach on.


  1. I learned another Order of Operations song in grad school and was trying to find it for you, but I couldn't. It was something like, "Please excuse my dear Aunt Sally for her problem. I know she's got a problem. I think we're going to help her solve one." I remember liking it a lot. If I find it, I'll be sure to send it your way.

    This video is really cute though. I like it!

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late

  2. Btw, OUCH!! Your ankle makes me hurt to look at. Take care of yourself!

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late

  3. OMG! How did you know I have been teaching this for the last 2 days!! Love all the resources! My kids are gonna freak when they hear Mr. Q-U-E!!

  4. Ouch!!! Hope you are still healing well!!! LOVE order or operations--such a fun concept!

    Tales of Frogs and Cupcakes