Do you have a middle schooler who's working on order of operations? Or perhaps a high schooler who could use some fun review? Well, then these adorable

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The order of operations is a

For example, say you are given the expression: 3 x 5 + 9 x 2.

If I solve it strictly from left to right (multiply 3 and 5, then add 9, then multiply by 2), I would get a solution of 48.

But if you solve by multiplying 3 x 5 and 9 x 2 first, and then add, you would get a solution of 33.

So which answer is correct?

Well, thanks to a standard known as order of operations, the correct solution is 33. This ensures that everyone follows the

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To complete the puzzles, students simply

These expressions were designed with

I hope your kids will have fun practicing math skills in a unique way with these fun, Fall puzzles!

**pumpkin puzzles**are for you! These**order of operations puzzles**give**Pre-algebra and Algebra**students a chance to practice important skills, as well as work on**mental math**.## Order of Operations Pumpkin Puzzles

**This download includes**

**18 pumpkin puzzles**to practice calculating expressions using the**order of operations**.####
**What is order of operations?**

The order of operations is a **set of guidelines**created to ensure that all math calculations are**solved the same way**.For example, say you are given the expression: 3 x 5 + 9 x 2.

If I solve it strictly from left to right (multiply 3 and 5, then add 9, then multiply by 2), I would get a solution of 48.

But if you solve by multiplying 3 x 5 and 9 x 2 first, and then add, you would get a solution of 33.

So which answer is correct?

Well, thanks to a standard known as order of operations, the correct solution is 33. This ensures that everyone follows the

**same order**when solving problems, and solutions remain consistent.**So in case you are unfamiliar, the order of operations is as follows:**- Parentheses and brackets (start by solving everything inside parentheses first)
- Exponents (solve all exponents)
- Multiplication and division (solve all multiplication and division from left to right)
- Addition and subtraction (solve all addition and subtraction from left to right)

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**How to use the order of operations puzzles:**

Simply **print them on cardstock**and use a laminator so the puzzles don't get bent and can be used over and over again. Then ,**cut each pumpkin into two pieces**, and the puzzles are ready to go!To complete the puzzles, students simply

**calculate the value of the expression**given on the top of each pumpkin. To do this, they must correctly follow**order of operations**. Find the**bottom pumpkin piece**that has the**correct solution**. Easy!These expressions were designed with

**fairly simple numbers**so that kids can put their mental math skills to work as well. Solving these calculations mentally is a great workout for the brain. Plus, it will help kids practice and**increase their fact fluency**.I hope your kids will have fun practicing math skills in a unique way with these fun, Fall puzzles!

**Want more pumpkin math ideas? Try one of these resources:**- How much does a pumpkin cost? (3 part Algebra lesson)
- Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins (printable board game)
- How many seeds in a pumpkin? (hands on math fun)
- 2000+ page of free math worksheets

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