11 sets of domino games to practice and reinforce the order of operations.
5.OA.A.1 - Use parentheses, brackets, or braces in numerical expressions, and evaluate
expressions with these symbols.
6.EE.A.1 - Write and evaluate numerical expressions involving whole-number exponents.
- 11 sets of dominoes, each focused on a different skill
- Answer recording sheets
- Answer Key
- Order of Operations Poster
- Instruction sheet for playing dominoes as a game
Eleven sets of Dominoes are included. These sets can be used simultaneously in class based on individual student needs, or students can work through them as a progression.
Sets A through F are designed to help students memorize which of two operations to complete first. Each set contains problems in which the calculations are basic facts, allowing students to focus their efforts on which operation to complete first. These simple sets culminate with set G which still uses three numbers and two operations per problem, but each problem offers a different combination of operations. Sets H & I focus on the use of parentheses. Sets J & K include exponents.
- Set A uses three numbers and two operations - multiplication and addition.
- Set B uses three numbers and two operations - addition and subtraction.
- Set C uses three numbers and two operations - multiplication and subtraction. - Set D uses three numbers and two operations - division and subtraction.
- Set E uses three numbers and two operations - division and addition.
- Set F uses three numbers and two operations - multiplication and division.
- Set G uses three numbers and two operations per problem. All operations are present in the set.
- Set H is a variety of problems with mixed operations that include parentheses.
- Set I is similar to set H, but many of the problems include the same numbers and operations as one another with parentheses located in different places, resulting in different solutions.
- Set J includes exponents without parentheses.
- Set K includes all four operations, parentheses, and exponents.
Suggestions for Use
As an independent activity - Each student gets a set at their own level, or each starts with Set A and works their way up through Set K.
As a center - Copy as many sets as would be needed for your group sizes, provide guidance on how to play the game and use as a math center activity
As a game - Works best with pairs, but can accommodate 3 students. Students take turns starting with the start domino, each placing the domino he/she thinks goes next. Once the students agree they have found a sequence that works, they record answers on the answer sheet. Game instructions have been provided for distribution.
Domino graphics are my own creation. Please do not copy or reproduce.
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