Order of Operations Puzzle – 5.OA.A.1


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This engaging puzzle is a unique way to review the Order of Operations.

Two sizes are included – a full page version and a half page version that will fit perfectly into your interactive math notebook.

This is a great way to practice the Core Standard 5.OA.A.1.

Students LOVE puzzles. Compared to a traditional worksheet, a puzzle is MUCH more fun and engaging. Puzzles force our students to think, whether they want to or not.

Not only will your class have fun, but you don’t need to prep! Just print and go – answer key is included.


Give yourself a break!

To solve the puzzle, students will simplify each expression by using the order of operations, and match it with the solution on another piece.

Try using this puzzle in a math station when you are doing rotations. Cut out the pieces ahead of time and laminate them to save time.

*Be sure to check out the preview to see everything included!*

How Can You Use this activity?

  • Independent Practice
  • Group (or Partner) Work
  • At Home Practice
  • Assessment
  • Review

Some Tips:

  • The text is read along the outside of the triangle. If you rotate your triangle, you will easily be able to read all of the text right side up.
  • For every spot that the triangles match up, the expression and answer must match up.
  • When two triangles (or a triangle and a rectangle) are touching (share a side), they must be a match.

How to solve the puzzle:

  • Simplify each expression.
  • Match up expressions with their solution.
  • When matches are found, place the puzzle pieces and work on the next part.
  • Make sure that all shared lines represent the same value.
  • Once everything matches up, you are finished! Congrats!
  • Glue puzzle pieces on worksheet.

What can you do about early finishers?

Give students some blank triangles. Once they have finished the puzzle, they can make a new puzzle with expressions and solutions of their own.

Specific Ways to Use This Activity:

  • Option 1: Use this activity to mix things up! Print the puzzle, puzzle mat, and worksheet. Then, have students complete the puzzle, glue it on the puzzle mat, and turn is as an assignment. Help your students get organized with one of the worksheet options. Later, you can display these assignments.
  • Option 2: Print, cut out, and laminate the puzzle pieces.