# Order of Operations Teaching Resources

Make teaching order of operations easier with printable order of operations worksheets, educational math games, BODMAS rule posters and more! Created by the Teach Starter team of expert teachers, each engaging activity is ready to use in your classroom today.

Aligned with Australian maths curriculum standards, this collection of printable and digital activities will help you save time as you build lesson plans that simplify solving maths problems.

New to teaching students the rules to follow when they're solving math equations or just looking for some tips to help students better understand the order of operations? Read on for a kid-friendly explanation of the steps, plus a look at what BODMAS means and what it's called outside of Australia!

## What Is the Order of Operations in Math? A Kid-Friendly Explanation

The order of operations is the set of rules that tells us the order of the steps we need to take when solving a maths equation. It helps us solve problems in a systematic way to find the answers.

The steps — or order — of operations that we follow is:

**B**rackets — When there are brackets in an expression, we need to solve the operations inside these brackets first. This is the first step in the order!**O**rders —Orders such as exponents (also called powers) and roots show how many times a number is multiplied by itself, like 2 squared or 3 cubed. If there are orders in an expression, we evaluate them after dealing with the brackets.**M**ultiplication and**D**ivision (from left to right) — Next in the order are multiplication and/or division. If there is more than one multiplication or division operation in an expression, we solve them in the order they appear, one after the other.**A**ddition and**S**ubtraction (from left to right) — The final step in the order of operations is to solve any addition and/or subtraction operations. Like the previous step, if we encounter multiple addition or division operations, we solve them in order from left to right.

## What Does BOMDAS Stand For? Each Letter of the Acronym, Explained

Did you notice the bolding on the letters above? That's because the order of operations is often shortened to the acronym BOMDAS to help kids easily remember the steps to follow.

BOMDAS stands for Brackets, Orders, Multiplication, Division, Addition, Subtraction.

This acronym is common in the Australian education system, but don't be surprised to find a variation if you are evaluating a maths textbook from another country.

Other variations of BOMDAS include:

- BODMAS
- PEMDAS
- BIDMAS
- BEDMAS

The 'I' in BIDMAS stands for indices, while the 'P' in PEMDAS stands for parentheses and the 'E' stands for exponents.

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### Order of Operations Dice Game

A set of 6 order of operations dice activity mats.

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### Order of Operations – Teaching Presentation

Teach your students how to correctly evaluate numerical expressions by using the order of operations with this teaching presentation.

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### Order of Operations – Maths Maze

Evaluate numerical expressions using the order of operations with this math maze!

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### BODMAS Classroom Poster

Hang this BODMAS poster in the classroom to guide students through the order of operations.

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### Number Talks — Order of Operations Task Cards

Build number sense skills with this set of 20 task cards.

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### Order of Operations – Mini Book

Learn how to solve equations using the order of operations with this mini book.

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### Order of Operations Quiz - Year 6

Assess your students' ability to write and evaluate numerical expressions by using the order of operations with this Year 6 maths assessment.

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### Order of Operations – Interactive Activity

Solve expressions by using the order of operations with this interactive activity.

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### Order of Operations – Differentiated Bump Game

Use this set of Bump games to sharpen your students’ computation skills by using the order of operations to evaluate expressions.

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### BOMDAS Poster

A poster highlighting the acronym for BOMDAS.

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### BIDMAS/BIMDAS Poster

A poster highlighting the acronym for BIDMAS/BIMDAS.