Order of Operations

Contributor: Alison Weiss. Lesson ID: 10617

5 + (14 + 3) x 2 - 9 Whoa! How do you solve that problem? It's simple once you know the trick! Complete these online activities to learn the order of operations to solve every math problem.



learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Lion, Beaver
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally!

Some math equations can look really difficult or even scary when they have multiple operations, brackets, or parentheses in them. But don’t let the way a problem looks scare you!

All you need to do is to learn the order of operations and you will be able to solve any equation.

If you are still wondering about my dear aunt Sally visit Scholastic Study Jams and complete the activity called Order of Operations.

  1. Click on the green "Step by Step" circle to begin.
  2. Click the "Next" and "Show Me" buttons to move through each step. If you need to see something again, just click the same button again, and the information will repeat.
  3. Click on the "Watch Out!" button located between the "Home" and "Try It!" tabs.
  4. When you are finished, try to answer the questions below by yourself:
       Why is it so important to follow the order of operations?
       What can happen if you don’t follow the order of operations?
       What does " Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally" stand for or mean?

Now that you can answer these questions yourself, discuss these questions with you parent or teacher. Great work!

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