ALEX Learning Activity


You Kan With Khan: Math Made Easy!

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Samantha Mayweather
System:Montgomery County
School:Montgomery County Board Of Education
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 1485
You Kan With Khan: Math Made Easy!
Digital Tool/Resource:
Khan Academy
Web Address – URL:

Khan Academy is an excellent free resource for differentiating instruction. Students have different learning styles and learn at different levels. With Khan Academy, students can easily and quickly learn complicated mathematical concepts through practice, videos, and examples. Each student can be assigned a different set of lessons depending on their individual level and learning needs. The teacher can decide which lessons a student will work on according to their needs and learning goals. Khan Academy appeals to varying learning styles, provides quick feedback, and allows the teacher to easily individualize instruction.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
MA2015 (2016)
Grade: 5
2 ) Write simple expressions that record calculations with numbers, and interpret numerical expressions without evaluating them. [5-OA2]

Examples: Express the calculation "add 8 and 7, then multiply by 2" as 2 x (8 + 7). Recognize that 3 x (18,932 + 921) is three times as large as 18,932 + 921, without having to calculate the indicated sum or product.

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
M.AAS.5.2- Select the expression that represents a given calculation (include parentheses).

MA2019 (2019)
Grade: 5
1. Write, explain, and evaluate simple numerical expressions involving the four operations to solve up to two-step problems. Include expressions involving parentheses, brackets, or braces, using commutative, associative, and distributive properties.
Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
When given a mathematical expression in words, will
  • Write numerical expressions to represent the context and evaluate the expression.
  • Explain their thinking as they use the order of operations to evaluate a variety of problems.
Given a numerical expression involving multiple operations and up to two sets of grouping symbols, will
  • Evaluate the expression.
  • Explain the meaning of the expression without evaluating the expression.
Note: Expressions should not contain nested grouping symbols, should be limited to expressions found in application of associative or distributive properties, and not always limited to whole numbers.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • Expression
  • Calculate
  • Interpret
  • Evaluate
  • Compare
  • Reasoning
  • Grouping symbol
  • Parentheses
  • Braces
  • Brackets
  • Commutative property
  • Associative property
  • Distributive property
Students know:
  • Vocabulary associated with the four operations to write the symbolic notation of the mathematical expression.
    Example: The phrase, "the product of 4 and 3" is written as "4 x 3."
  • Strategies for evaluating a numerical expression and replace it with an equivalent form.
    Example: Given (22 + 16) + 43 can be replaced with 38 + 43 and then further simplified.
Students are able to:
  • Write, explain, and evaluate numerical expressions representing two-step problems in context.
  • Evaluate numerical expressions with grouping symbols.
  • Translate a numerical expression into words.
  • Write a numerical expression given a mathematical expression in words.
Students understand that:
  • multi-step word problems can be represented by numerical expressions using operations and grouping symbols to indicate order of evaluating them.
Diverse Learning Needs:
Essential Skills:
Learning Objectives:
M.5.1.1: Define parentheses, braces, and brackets.
M.5.1.2: Distinguish between non-numerical and numerical expression.
M.5.1.3: Recognize expressions.
M.5.1.4: Apply properties of operations as strategies to add and subtract.
M.5.1.5: Represent addition and subtraction with objects, mental images, drawings, expressions, or equations.

Prior Knowledge Skills:
  • Write, explain, and evaluate numerical expressions representing two-step problems in context.
  • Evaluate numerical expressions with grouping symbols.
  • Translate a numerical expression into words.
  • Write a numerical expression given a mathematical expression in words.

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
M.AAS.5.1 Evaluate simple numerical expressions involving the four operations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will use parentheses, brackets or braces to create numerical expressions.
  • Students will perform calculations on expressions with parentheses, brackets or braces.
  • Students will be able to write expressions that result in calculations from word problems.
  • Students will be able to understand and interpret mathematical expressions without performing calculations.
  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  
Before/Engage, During/Explore/Explain

  • Students will log into Khan Academy using their username and password set-up by their teacher.
  • The student will go to 5th grade on the student's homepage and select "View full lists of 5th grade".
  • The student will select Welcome to 5th grade and take the test (Teachers can use this as the Pre-Test.)
  • Students will watch the video on constructing numerical expressions.
  • The student will watch the, "Evaluating expressions with and without parentheses".
  • Students complete practice problems with evaluating expressions with parentheses.
  • Students will watch the video, "Translating expressions with parentheses".
  • Students will complete practice problems, "Translating expressions with parentheses".
  • Students will practice problems, "Creating expressions with parentheses".
Assessment Strategies:

Students will reach Mastery Level on the following tasks in the Khan Academy program:

  1. Evaluating Expressions with Parentheses.
  2. Translating Expressions with Parentheses.
  3. Creating Expressions with Parentheses.

Advanced Preparation:

  • Set-up students in Khan Academy (recommended User name: LastNameFirstName and generic password such as your school mascot or use the same user name and password students us to log in on their workstations.
  • Assign each student to a class (1st, 2nd, 3rd...)
  • Assign the 5th-grade mission to each class.
Variation Tips (optional):

  • After students have taken the "Welcome to 5th grade" test (Pre-test), the teacher should customize the instructions for each student using, "Coach Recommendations".
  • Students should practice each skill until they have reached Mastery level.
  • The assignments can be given as a classroom and/or homework assignments.
  • Always assign goals to students to reach a higher level.
  • The levels are:
    1. Needs Practice
    2. Practice
    3. Level 1
    4. Level 2
    5. Mastery 
Notes or Recommendations (optional):

To see what students have worked on at a specific date & time:

  1. On the teacher dashboard; select student progress.
  2. Select "Today" for the Activity form.
  3. Select the student.
  4. Select "Activity".
  5. Place your mouse over the tea bar to see the activities your student has worked on.

To see the level that each student is on:

  1. Follow all of the previous steps.
  2. On step 4 select "Recommendation" instead of Activity.
  3. View the list of assignments and the level the student has obtained for the mathematical concept.
  Keywords and Search Tags  
Keywords and Search Tags: numerical expressions