Order of Operations

Order of Operations is an important math concept to begin teaching in early elementary school and continue through adulthood. These order of operations resources are free, printable PDFs that will support your learners (of all ages) with math problem-solving and math facts. These resources were created with your students in mind, making them highly engaging as well as teacher friendly! Grab these resources and pair them with our Interactive Math Curriculum for even more hands-on, engaging math fun!

What Is The Order Of Operations?

The order of operations is like a set of rules that tell us what to do first, second, third, and so on when we have a math problem with more than one math operation (like adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing).

  • First, we do anything inside parentheses or brackets.
  • Next, we work with exponents (which are like little powers).
  • Then, we do multiplication and division, starting from the left and working our way to the right.
  • Finally, we do addition and subtraction, starting from the left and working our way to the right.

The Definition of Order of Operations

The order of operations is a set of rules that dictate the sequence in which mathematical operations should be performed in a mathematical expression. This is important to ensure that we get the correct answer every time we solve a mathematical problem. This concept is often taught staring at the upper elementary level, however, does effect even the youngest of learners when multi-step problems are introduced.


PEMDAS charts feature a fun and engaging way for students to learn the order of operations. These colorful anchor charts can be used as early as elementary school through middle and high school classrooms.


Using these printable PEMDAS chart PDFs, your elementary learners will practice math concepts while learning the correct order of operations. Using these printable worksheets with your kids’ math projects, you are sure to see huge growth and success among even your most struggling learners.

  • Math Problem Solving
  • Multi-Step Problems

Order Of Operations Worksheets

Our Order of Operations Worksheets provide elementary and homeschool students with a variety of multi-step place value worksheets. These worksheets are completely free and easy to download and print!

Order of Operations Worksheets

Incorporate these printable order of operations worksheets into your next multi-step problem-solving lessons. These free pages feature a variety of practice for students in grades 3+ to practice the correct way to solve math problems with multiple operations.

  • Math Concepts
  • Math Facts
  • Elementary Math
  • Multi-Step Problems

How To Do Order Of Operations

The order of operations can be taught easily and in an engaging way if you follow these easy steps!

  • Start with simple examples that involve only two operations and practice with your students. As students start to understand and can easily complete these simple tasks, continue to push their skills by adding another operation, larger numbers, or both!
  • Use visuals! The PEMDAS chart listed above is an amazing resource. You can also draw charts on the board or on a poster. Explain to students how PEMDAS works and why it is important to follow the steps in the correct order.
  • Use fun lingo! Catchy phrases that help students to remember (many times due to the humor they find in it) the acronym PEMDAS can (and should) be used with your students. There are many fun ones out there or you can create your own. One that is very popular is “Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally.”
  • Play games with your students. Bingo, War, etc… can be created easily to help students practice solving expressions using the order of operations.
  • Provide your students with feedback. Your students will learn through trial and error. Make sure you are encouraging them to ask questions and discuss their thinking with their peers.

Following these steps will make teaching the order of operations fun and engaging for your students! If you’re looking for even more fun and engaging lessons and actives for your early learners, check out our Interactive Math Curriculum. Your students will LOVE the activities and you will love the mathematical concepts they are learning (without even knowing it)!

Interactive Math Curriculum

Interactive Math: Kindergarten provides a full year of hands-on and fun math activities and covers 4 days a week over 36 weeks.  If you are looking for a program that excites your student(s), this program is designed to engage children while keeping the format easy and low-prep.

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