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Very Basic Order of Operations

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Aligned To Common Core Standard:

Grade 3 Operations - 3.OA.D.8

What is the Order of Operations? Almost everything in this world follows a specific order. Things that don't follow an order are usually termed as disorganized or a mess. When solving number problems, specifically the ones with more than one operation in them, students cannot randomly perform operations as it will give an inaccurate answer. To solve a number problem that involves different operations, the students need to follow the PEMDAS rule. PEMDAS is an acronym that stands for Parenthesis, exponents, multiplication, and division, addition, and subtraction. To remember the order, a lot of students memorize the phrase, "Please excuse my dear aunt Sally." The order states that in a number problem, you have to always solve the part that is contained within parenthesis. The second step is to simplify the numbers with exponents or powers on them, and then move on to multiplication or\and division, and addition or/and subtraction. When multiplying, dividing, adding, or subtracting in a number problem, you need to proceed from left to right. This series of worksheets and lesson introduces students to the order of operations.

Printable Worksheets And Lessons

Homework Sheets

Time to go all PEMDAS on these problems.

  • Homework 1 - The word PEMDAS reminds us of the order of operations.
  • Homework 2 - Addition before subtraction.
  • Homework 3 - Division before addition.

Practice Worksheets

The second sheet uses (parenthesis).

  • Practice 1 - Find the final value of all the problems below.
  • Practice 2 - These are a little bit more difficult.
  • Practice 3 - The order of operations tells us what order must be used when evaluating numerical expressions with two or more operations.

Math Skill Quizzes

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  • Quiz 1 - We add before we subtract in a left to right manner.
  • Quiz 2 - Multiplication and division follow the same when they are next to each other.