Thanksgiving Task Cards - Order of Operations Math Activity - Google Slides

Ms Cottons Corner
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4th - 6th
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Are you looking for a fun lesson to engage your students with Order of Operations, and hold their attention before Thanksgiving? These whimsical Turkey Task Cards include a fun riddle to keep your students engaged, and are no-prep for you!

This is a Google Slides resource. Click here for the same version of these tasks cards - PDF and EASEL Thanksgiving Order of Operations Task Cards.

In this Google Slides 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


Once you purchase this resource, TPT will add it to a Google Drive folder called TPT purchases. The folder includes these resources:

  • A pdf for Suggestions for Using Digital Task Cards
  • A copy of the Thanksgiving Order of Operations Task Cards for students
  • A copy of the Thanksgiving Order of Operations Task Cards Answer Key!


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!


Let's Connect! For resources and insights to grow your teaching, check out my blog at Ms. Cotton's and my YouTube Channel.

This blog post features these Task Cards and my favorite strategies for using Digital Task Cards in the Real Classroom. Check it out!


Happy teaching!


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15 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
30 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.
Identify parts of an expression using mathematical terms (sum, term, product, factor, quotient, coefficient); view one or more parts of an expression as a single entity. For example, describe the expression 2 (8 + 7) as a product of two factors; view (8 + 7) as both a single entity and a sum of two terms.


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