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Order of Operations Activity - Operation Order Matters
NOW WITH FULLY EDITABLE PROBLEMS
This is not your average Order of Operations Worksheet!
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In this exciting activity, students work to solve a series of order of operations problems including parenthesis, exponents, division, multiplication, subtraction and addition in order to crack the code and open the lock. Similar to a , the students have to correctly solve all components along the way to successfully complete the task. This activity is like a mini order of operations escape room without all the puzzles. The focus is strictly math!
Unfortunately, Detective Nowork did not show for work today; therefore, Detective Pemdas has to come up with a way to still complete all the tasks in a timely manner. In this “Special Guest” review/practice activity, the students are hired part time to work on a highly classified investigation. The teacher starts class dressed as a detective (optional) and tells students they need to work hard to earn their pay as detectives. The students work collaboratively in small groups (3 or 4) to solve a series of problems to be the first to unlock the locked box and discover the reward inside. The students get excited about the competitive nature of this activity and enjoy being immersed in the story. The winners earn a small prize. (Sample Prize: My Get out of Homework Free pass is included in this resource. Other prize ideas are unlimited.)
- Easy to follow instructions for setting up the lesson
- EDITABLE Letter to the students from Detective Pemdas explaining the task
- Six EDITABLE order of operation problems leading to the unlocking of the box
- Student work space
- Step by step answer key
- Digital Google Form lock
- Fold-able Name Plates for Detective Nowork, Detective Pemdas and EDITABLE
FOR YOUR NAME
- Prize for unlocking the box (Get out of Homework Free Coupon)
- Directions for editing the problems in order to use an actual lock students can open
- Order of Operations Challenge/Extension
All student pages are available in color and in black and white for easy printing options.
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