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 Order of Operations 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)

**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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