Order of Operations Lessons Without Exponents


Want to save time planning your whole number order of operations lessons and have access to activities that students love? These SOL-aligned Order of Operations Lessons without Exponents come with detailed lesson plans, worksheets, games, centers, exit tickets, assessments, and much more! PDF and digital activities are included for both in-personal and virtual learning.

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Order of Operations Lessons without Exponents (Math SOL 5.CE.4)

Are you looking for no-prep order of operations lessons and activities that do not use exponents? Look no further! These Order of Operations Lessons without Exponents provide everything you need to teach how to simplify whole number expressions using the order of operations. Save time planning and your students will love completing the hands-on activities found in this unit.

To take a closer look at some of the things included in this unit, check out the preview images at the top of the page!

What will students learn through these detailed lesson plans?

4 Detailed lesson plans are included to help students learn and practice the following skills–

  • Use the order of operations to simplify whole number numerical expressions using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
  • Given a whole number numerical expression involving more than one operation, describe which operation is completed first, which is second, etc.

All problems using the order of operations throughout this unit meet the following criteria–

  • No more than one set of parentheses.
  • Simplification will be limited to no more than five whole numbers and four operations. Any combination of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division can be used.
  • Whole numbers are limited to 1- or 2-digit numbers.
  • Expressions do not include braces, brackets, or fraction bars.

What comes in these Order of Operations Lessons?

You will find the following included in this math unit–

  • 4 Detailed Lesson Plans
  • 13 Worksheets
  • 8 Task Cards
  • 4 Exit Tickets
  • 2 Games
  • 2 Sorts/Foldables
  • Final Test
  • Word Wall Cards
  • Digital Activities for Google Slides
  • Answer Keys

Are digital resources included?

Some worksheets, sorts, and the test within these Order of Operations Lessons are also included in a digital format and can be shared with students using your Google Drive.

When you purchase this product, you will be given access to a link that will allow you to open the file in Google Slides. You’ll then share that file with your students. The slides can be printed and adapted for students who prefer to answer the questions by hand. You can also view and print a student’s completed version of the slides.

What standards are covered?

These Order of Operations Lessons without Exponents are specifically created to align with Virginia math SOL 5.CE.4 although the lessons and activities closely align with most math standards related to order of operations with parentheses and without exponents.

Don’t Miss Out!

These Order of Operations Lessons without Exponents require minimal prep work and are easy to implement whether teaching in-person or virtually. Students will also enjoy learning about the order of operations as they play games and complete hands-on activities.


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Looking for math lessons for the entire school year? This unit is included in my 5th Grade Math Lessons Bundle at a discounted price.


Other Information:

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