Thematic units are the perfect way to learn more about a subject. This printable PEMDAS worksheet is a great way to teach PEMDAS skills in a silly and fun way.
Monkey is now in fourth grade, which means that suddenly, math is a lot harder. She’s doing wonderfully though, thanks to our math activities for kids and math fact drills that we do every day.
One of the concepts introduced to her this year is the order of operations, also known as PEMDAS. I made this fun soup-themed worksheet to learn more about the order of operations, PEMDAS, and money all at the same time.
Order of Operations PEMDAS Worksheet
You can use our printable to create open-ended PEMDAS problems. Use real or pretend money to complete the problems and make up your own!
What You Need to Reuse Your Printable PEMDAS Worksheet
Make sure you have these items to make using your printable fun!
- Color ink
- Printer paper
- Pencils or dry erase markers
- Money (real or play money)
- Laminator (optional) (I like this one because it is inexpensive!)
- Laminator pockets (optional)
- PEMDAS worksheet
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How to Reuse Your PEMDAS Worksheet
Once you get the worksheet sent to your inbox and print it, you can then put it between the two sides of a laminating sheet and run it through the laminator. This will seal it in plastic so you can use it as a wipe-off worksheet and you won’t have to keep printing new copies.
You’ll also want to have real or play money on hand to use during this activity to help children recognize the link between abstract math concepts and real-world money values.
How to Print and Use the PEMDAS Worksheets
The PEMDAS money worksheet is blank so you can make up your own problems. PEMDAS (Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally) is the order of math operations, which is parentheses, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction.
We’ve agreed universally to solve all math problems this way since the 1500s.
Place money in each space in the worksheet to create different problems. Make them as simple or complicated as you like!
Have kids write the answers with their dry erase makers and then wipe away the answer and start again!
I love this worksheet because not only does it teach order of operations, but it also requires STEM skills.
When children make up their own math problems, critical thinking is required to determine if the problem can actually be solved as it appears with the combination of the money that was used.
We had a lot of fun planning math problems using this open-ended worksheet.
If you laminate the worksheet, you can wipe away the answers and use it an unlimited number of times.