Thanksgiving Task Cards - Order of Operations Math Activity - Color and B & W

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Grade Levels
5th - 6th
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Are you looking for a fun math activity that will keep your students engaged before Thanksgiving? These Order of Operations Task Cards have a funny riddle that will hook your kids, and you'll love how easy they are to use!

This download includes a pdf printable - color AND ink-saver. It also includes an EASEL version! If you'd like the Google Slides version, click here for the Google Slides Thanksgiving Order of Operations Task Cards.

In this Math activity, students evaluate expressions to solve a Thanksgiving-themed riddle. As they solve the problems, the answers spell the solution to the riddle. There are decoy cards to make the challenge a little greater!

There are 12 cards practicing Order of Operations tasks. Two are word problems where the students write the expression and evaluate it. Five cards ask students to read an expression written in word form and to write the expression and evaluate it. Five cards ask students to evaluate expressions. There are problems with parentheses and brackets, but no exponents, so this meets the fifth grade CCSS Standard, or makes a great review for 6th grade!

They are versatile and easy to use. Use for:

-Bell Ringers/Entry Tasks


-Gallery Walk style Scavenger Hunt

-Intervention groups


*************************************************************************************************************This digital Escape Room makes a great companion to these Task Cards - Escape from the Sun - Order of Operations Escape Room!

And be sure to check out my Order of Operations Sorting Task freebie! It makes a great additional activity for students to practice the same content!


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Total Pages
9 pages
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Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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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.
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.


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