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Order of Operations

When solving this equation "6 + 2 × 3", there are two options for calculating an answer. 6 + 2 × 3 = (6 + 2)×3 = 8×3 = 24 OR 6 + 2×3 = 6 + (2×3) = 6 + 6 = 12. However, math doesn't work if you solve an equation and calculate two or more different answers. So, there are rules established called the "order of operations". The "operations" are addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, exponentiation, and grouping. This order states which operations take precedence before other operations.
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Order of Operations
  • Kelly Flynn says:
    This link offers a tutorial and pre-test on order of operations for students to complete independently. As you solve problems in the tutorial, you select your answer and are directed to another page to find out if your answer is correct. If you make an error, you are provided information and examples to help improve your skills.
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    Order of Operations Worksheets

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    Kelly Flynn says:
    Through this website, you can create and print a variety of order of operations worksheets. There are different variables you can choose to customize the worksheet to meet your students' needs. Since worksheets are created randomly, each document is unique which provides you an endless supply of order of operations worksheets. They are free to download and print and can be differentiated to accommodate many grade levels.
  • Order of Operations BINGO

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    Kelly Flynn says:
    Designed for grades 6-8, this BINGO game challenges students in order of operations problems in a fun and entertaining way. Instead of calling out numbers to play Bingo, the teacher calls out and writes equations. Students have to examine the expressions and find the matching answer on their BINGO cards. This activity will help students to become accurate in their calculations.
  • Kelly Flynn says:
    Through this series of free video clips created by Sal Khan, students are shown the steps involved with order of operations. Along with this, the purpose of order of operations (to have one way to interpret a mathematical expression) is clarified in the videos. This is a great tool for teachers to show to a whole group of students or students can watch the video series independently.
  • Kelly Flynn says:
    Through this free online resource, teachers can find various order of operations worksheets. There is a wide range of resources available focused on a deeper understanding of this topic. There are basic worksheets and also more advanced materials with four and five step operations.
  • Kelly Flynn says:
    Interactivate is a set of free, online resources teachers and students can use for exploration in science and mathematics. This particular activity is designed for two users. They play a game of order of operations where they answer equations in order to connect four game pieces in a row before his or her opponent does. The players can choose to use addition/subtraction, multiplication/division, exponents, and parentheses. They can also choose the level of difficulty.
  • Kelly Flynn says:
    Through this interactive math link, students can explore the order of operations (brackets, exponents, multiplication, division, addition and subtraction). In addition to this resource, there are print activities, solutions, learning strategies, and a follow up math game.
  • Kelly Flynn says:
    This is an engaging, educational hip-hop song that teaches students how to examine and solve equations using the order of operations rules. Your students will love it!
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