This set of task cards focuses on the use of parentheses in numerical expressions containing multiplication and division - division is only introduced in later cards though, so this set can be used with students who are not yet comfortable with this operation. This set can be used as early as third grade, but don't be fooled: there is plenty of challenge for older students as well!
Cards 1 to 28 contain two or three numerical expressions that contain the *same* numbers and only differ by the insertion of parentheses in different places. Evaluating these expressions the student will get a better understanding of the role of parentheses. They will observe first-hand when they change the result - and when they don't.
Cards 32 to 40 contain more advanced challenges and puzzles, including some pre-algebra.
I included a double sided answer sheet and a page with the solutions. The solutions are also available as cards, if you prefer to keep them available together with the rest of the cards.
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