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Colouring by Order of Operations, Collaborative Math Mosaic (4 Versions!)

Grade Levels
6th - 10th
Formats Included
  • Zip
220 pages
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1. Calculate the answers.

2. Colour the squares.

3. Cut out your section.

4. Combine with the class!

Students are each responsible to complete one section of the mystery mosaic ("Bowser"!). The mosaic consists of 25 sections. Students must apply the rules of BEDMAS to correctly evaluate each order of operations problem (12 problems per worksheet), and then use their answers to colour-by-number. Every single worksheet is different! Students can't copy, but they can help each other!

**Get the brand new Google Sheets DIGITAL version of this file! It includes class sizes of 16, 25, and 36**

I've included 4 versions so you can differentiate the task for different ability levels or classes!

  • Basic versions (just positive values, no division or exponents)
  • Division included (just positive values. no exponents)
  • All operations (but no negative values)
  • Integer Values (negative numbers are used, i.e. 5(-3) + 4), all operations

CHECK OUT THE PRODUCT PREVIEW to see a sample worksheet from each version, and to see exactly how this task works.

The collaborative goal and mystery image will motivate them to work!


◾ Both.pdf and editable .docx format for all versions

◾ Full class sets of 25 worksheets (Every single sheet is unique!) that combine to create the Bowser mosaic. The different versions can be mix 'n matched to create the same mosaic.

◾ All worksheets contain 12 order of operations problems

◾ Complete answer keys are provided for all versions, as well as a colour key ("Blue = 3 or 4") for a quick assessment.

◾ Teaching Tips page for smooth implementation in your class

◾Scrambled answers are at the bottom of each student's worksheet so they can self-assess their work and fix their errors.

If you like this product, be sure the check out the whole Collaborative Math Mosaic directory, sorted by topic!

The student buy-in factor is HUGE with these worksheets; they all want to see the finished picture come together! Leave the picture a secret or show it for motivation… it’s your call.

All my collaborative math mosaics use standard pencil-crayon colours found in the Crayola 24 pack. For best results, use the exact colour name match, colour darkly, and stick to one colouring medium (i.e. don't mix crayons with markers with pencil crayons...). Perhaps a class set of pencil crayons would be a fun math department investment!

Feedback, suggestions, and frontline stories are always welcomed!

~CalfordMath (@live.ca)

Total Pages
220 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write and evaluate numerical expressions involving whole-number exponents.
Recognize opposite signs of numbers as indicating locations on opposite sides of 0 on the number line; recognize that the opposite of the opposite of a number is the number itself, e.g., -(-3) = 3, and that 0 is its own opposite.
Use parentheses, brackets, or braces in numerical expressions, and evaluate expressions with these symbols.


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