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Math Centers Problem-Solving Activities with Order of Operations

Susan Powers
Grade Levels
4th - 7th
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30 pages
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Making math fun in both an engaging and rigorous way is what you will find with this packet. The games are fully differentiated, the blue cards being more challenging than the purple. There are 48 cards with 24 math problems involving multiple operations and 24 equation cards to match with the problem. The object is to allow the children plenty of practice with both problem solving, putting the problem into the form of a multi-operational equation and to solve the equation, based upon the order of the operation.
The game can be played in many different ways:
As a matching game, where the children have to read the problem then identify the correct equation to solve the problem.
Or, it can be done with only the word problem cards where the children have to write their own equations and can use the equation cards to check their work.
A third way the cards can be used is with only the equation cards and the children have to solve the problem by reading the operations in the correct order using the mnemonics taught. (US = P.E.M.D.A.S / Canada and UK= B.E.M.D.A.S)
A more rigorous version could have the children coming up with their own word problems to match the equation card.
I have designed this game with my 5th graders in mind but it can be adapted for 6th and 7th grade too.
The answer sheets are created in black and white to spare your ink supplies. These I have copied onto paper. The cards I copied onto card stock and laminate them. The whole packet I put into a large zip baggy to keep in my centers station.
CCSS Math: Operation and Algebraic Thinking 5.0A
Write and interpret numerical expressions.
1. Use parentheses, brackets, or braces in numerical expressions, and evaluate expressions with these symbols.
2. Write simple expressions that record calculations with numbers, and Interpret numerical expressions without evaluating them.
Enjoy! ~ Susan
Total Pages
30 pages
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Teaching Duration
Lifelong tool
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use parentheses, brackets, or braces in numerical expressions, and evaluate expressions with these symbols.


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