# Memorise the Order of Operations With These Song Ideas

## A Great Memorizing Technique

This lesson is designed to help you teach your students about the order of operations in a fun and catchy way. You can begin your class as you normally would. It is always a good idea to have your students do a few review problems when they first arrive in class. If you have not taught the order of operations, have them work a few problems from a concept that you have just recently covered. This will help your students build strong skills by encouraging repetition and practice.

There are many different ways that you can introduce the order of operations to your class. You probably know what works best in your class when introducing new material. Don't change something that already works. There are also many creative ways to teach the order of operations that you can incorporate into your lesson. It always helps to have the steps wrote out on the board so that students can visually read them and refer to them until they feel comfortable with memorization. The steps are Parentheses, Exponents, Multiply, Divide, Add, Subtract.

## Have a Sing Song

Using a song to help memorize the order of operations can be extremely helpful. I still remember some of the math songs that I learned in highschool. My geometry teacher loved coming up with cheesy songs that helped us remember steps or equations. I had no idea that I would go on to remember these songs all through college and into adulthood.

Start by introducing the song listed below. Happy Birthday is a widely known song that all students should be able to use to help them remember the steps of the order of operations. Unless you are used to singing in front of people, this is going to take a little bit of courage on your part. Keep in mind that you are setting the example for your class. They will only sing the song if you are willing to sing it too. Have your students sing the song as a group as many times as you'd like. In order for this activity to be most effective, you want to have your students practice singing it at least once during every class until you feel they adequately know the material.

Here's a great idea for a creative order of operations song:

Order of Operations to the tune of Happy Birthday

H-a-p-p-y………..Birthday…..to you, ..Happy….Birthday… To you

H-a-p-p-y………. Birthday…..to you, ..Happy….Birthday… To you