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Order of Operations Modeling Task Cards

Grade Levels
5th - 6th
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20 pages
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Description

With this game and additional activities, students can explore why order of operations works. This activity uses arrays as a visual representation of why multiplication must come before additive operations. Traditionally, order of operations is taught using the mnemonic device PEMDAS and lots of practice, but this method does not always reach all students.

Students match a card with a numeric expression to a card with a visual representation of the expression.

Also included are two ideas for using the cards in small groups for students who need extra help AND two extension activities with recording sheets for students to work on individually or in cooperative groups.

This activity uses only positive numbers. Although exponents are included in a few expressions, a set of alternative cards is included so that the exponents can be removed if your students have not yet studied exponents.

Check out my other order of operations products:

*Order of Operations using GEMA

*Order of Operations Practice Pack Level A

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Aligned to:

CCSS 5.OA.1; CCSS 5.OA.2; CCSS 6.EE.1; CCSS 6.EE.3; CCSS 6.EE.4

TEKS 5.4F; TEKS 5.4E; TEKS 6.7A; TEKS 6.7C; TEKS 6.7D

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Total Pages
20 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
2 hours
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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Identify when two expressions are equivalent (i.e., when the two expressions name the same number regardless of which value is substituted into them). For example, the expressions 𝘺 + 𝘺 + 𝘺 and 3𝘺 are equivalent because they name the same number regardless of which number 𝘺 stands for.
Apply the properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions. For example, apply the distributive property to the expression 3 (2 + 𝘹) to produce the equivalent expression 6 + 3𝘹; apply the distributive property to the expression 24𝘹 + 18𝘺 to produce the equivalent expression 6 (4𝘹 + 3𝘺); apply properties of operations to 𝘺 + 𝘺 + 𝘺 to produce the equivalent expression 3𝘺.
Write and evaluate numerical expressions involving whole-number exponents.
Write simple expressions that record calculations with numbers, and interpret numerical expressions without evaluating them. For example, express the calculation “add 8 and 7, then multiply by 2” as 2 × (8 + 7). Recognize that 3 × (18932 + 921) is three times as large as 18932 + 921, without having to calculate the indicated sum or product.
Use parentheses, brackets, or braces in numerical expressions, and evaluate expressions with these symbols.

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