# Order of Operations Teaching Resources

Make teaching order of operations easier with printable order of operations worksheets, educational math games, PEMDAS 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 both TEKS and Common Core math standards, this collection of printable and digital activities will help you save time as you build lesson plans that simplify solving math 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 PEMDAS means and what it's called outside of the United States.

## 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 math equation. It helps us solve problems in a systematic way to find the answers.

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

**P**arentheses — When there are parentheses in an expression, we need to solve the operations inside the parentheses first. This is the first step in the order**E**xponents —Exponents show how many times a number is multiplied by itself, like 2 squared or 3 cubed. If there are exponents in an expression, we evaluate them after dealing with the parantheses.**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 PEMDAS 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 PEMDAS to help kids easily remember the steps to follow.

PEMDAS stands for Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, Subtraction.

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

Other variations of PEMDAS include:

- BODMAS
- BOMDAS
- BIDMAS
- BEDMAS

In these alternative variations, used in countries such as the UK and Australia, the B stands for brackets, which is another word for parentheses. The "I" in BIDMAS stands for indices, while the "O" in BODMAS stands for order.

## What Does Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally Mean?

Poor Aunt Sally! She didn't do anything wrong!

This sentence is a fun mnemonic to help students remember the order of operations rule — each initial letter in the sentence spells PEMDAS, providing a silly (but memorable!) alternative.

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### Order of Operations Dice Game

Practice order of operations with this set of 6 dice activity mats.

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### The Escape From Millbrook Manor – Halloween Escape Room

Practice computation skills by solving puzzles with this differentiated Halloween escape room game.

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### 5th Grade Math Review – Test Prep Packet

Encourage your students to work through 8 pages of 5th-grade math problems while charting their progress to measure their success.

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### Roll It! Operations Game

Use this fun game to practice all four operations and/or order of operations.

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### 5th Grade Math Review – Google Slides Interactive Activity

Review important 5th-grade math standards with a student-led interactive activity that covers 12 different mathematical concepts.

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### Order of Operations – Mini Book

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

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### Order of Operations Worksheet

Solve equations using the order of operations with this one-page worksheet.

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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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### Evaluating Expressions With Exponents – Task Cards

Solve expressions with exponents by using the order of operations with this set of 24 task cards.

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### Expressions With Exponents – Cut and Paste Message Reveal

Reveal a mystery message by applying the order of operations to solve expressions with exponents.

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### Order of Operations – Instructional Slide Deck

Teach your students how to correctly evaluate numerical expressions by using the order of operations with this instructional slide deck.

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### Order of Operations Board Game

Engage your students with a lively board game while using the order of operations to solve numerical expressions.

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### Order of Operations Flipbook

Review how to solve numerical expressions using the order of operations with this printable flipbook.

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### Order of Operations Math Maze

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

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### Order of Operations – Google Slides Interactive Activity

Simplify expressions by using the order of operations with this Google Slides interactive activity.

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### Numerical Expressions Sort!

Solve and sort numerical expressions according to different categories with this sorting activity.

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### Numerical Expressions Match-Up

Evaluate numerical expressions and find corresponding mathematical phrases with this match-up activity.

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### Order Up! Numerical Expressions Worksheet

Solve problems by using order of operations to evaluate numerical expressions.

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### Order of Operations – Vocabulary Cards

Promote math vocabulary development with this set of 11 order and operations vocabulary cards.

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### Order of Operations Bingo

Review vocabulary and solve expressions with this Order of Operations Bingo game!

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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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### PEMDAS Poster

A poster highlighting the acronym for PEMDAS.

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### Operation Domination Game

A fun game using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.