order of operations bingo

Order of Operations Bingo

Introduction to Order of Operations Bingo Lesson (15 minutes)

It is always important to teach or review a concept before engaging in a creative activity or game. If you have already taught a lesson on the order of operations, you should still do a small refresher of the material before begining the activity. The time allotted for review should be about 10 to 15 minutes, depending on your students. Many of your kids may know the material well, but be aware that some students will need extra support. Reviewing the material is always a good idea. Here’s a great creative idea for teaching the basics or order of operations. There are also many great websites out there that you can recommend as resources for you students to help them learn the order of operations.

Activity – Fun Bingo Game for Order of Operations

In order to do this activity effectively, click here to download free printable order of operations bingo cards. Review the cards and make sure that they make sense to you. If the teacher doesn’t understand the activity, it is certainly going to be confusing to students. The game functions much like a regular game of bingo. Instead of the letters B-I-N-G-O you have the signs for the order of operations (parentheses,exponent, multiply, divide, add, subtract). You can be as creative as you want in playing the game. You may want to simply have students connect a full row, or you could take it a step further and have students come up to the board and have to solve their problem before they can achieve full “Bingo”

Directions for the activity:

materials: You will need bingo cards and your choice of bingo markers (cut up pieces of construction paper work well)

1. Refer to the nswer key on page 2 of the printable hand out. Cut out these squares and place them in a paper bag or box so that you can draw out each piece like you would in a regular game of bingo.

2. The bingo cards are set up so that students can fill in the blank columns with a number of their choosing. This helps mix up the results of the game. The spaces that are already filled in make it easier for students to complete the problem. Have students read the directions, fill in their blank boxes with numbers 0-9 and place markers on free spaces (the boxes in the exponent columns are all free spaces)

3. Explain the activity to your students. They are to place a marker on the appropriate space when a sign and number are called. The goal of the game is to get “Bingo” by having a full horizontal or diagonal row of marked spaces.

4. When a student calls out “Bingo” he or she must go to the board and solve the problem. This means that they must perform the operations in the order that they have bingo. This will encourage them to use the steps in order, as the problem will be set up that way. If two students call “Bingo” at the same time, you can have a race to finish their problem.

5. You can reward a “Bingo” any way that you would like. Some good ideas include giving out pencils or erasers, or you may choose to add extra credit points to an upcoming test.

This post is part of the series: Teaching Tools for the Order of Operations

Need help finding creative ways to engage students in learning the Order or Operations? This series of articles provides helpful ideas and techniques to help make learning the Order of Operations fun.

This is a order of operations great game to play in your math class. It includes a link to a free custom made printable bingo card for the activity. Click here for step by step instructions for order of operations bingo.

Order of Operations Lesson Plan: Math Skills Bingo

Submitted by: Emily Wilmesherr

In this Order of Operations lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-8, students use BrainPOP resources to learn how to apply the order of operations when computing with whole numbers, excluding and then including exponents. Students will then create an original story, song, short skit, or poem to help them remember the order of operations, and practice their math skills through a game called Order of Operations BINGO.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

Students will:

  1. Apply order of operations when computing with whole numbers, excluding exponents.
  2. Apply order of operations when computing with whole numbers, including exponents.
  3. Apply order of operations when computing with whole numbers and fractions (with older grades only).


  • Computer with internet access for BrainPOP
  • Interactive whiteboard (or just an LCD projector)
  • White board or chart paper and markers
  • BINGO cards
  • BINGO chips
  • BINGO problems
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Bread
  • Plastic knife
  • Plate



Lesson Procedure:

  1. Ask students how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Have students write down their directions with a partner.
  2. Call on a pair of students to read their answer. As the students give their directions, make the sandwich as a demonstration for the class, doing EXACTLY what the students say.
  3. Talk with students about the importance of giving exact directions in the right order, not only when making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but when choosing the order of operations when solving a problem. Just like with sandwiches, if we go out of order, we won’t get the correct result.
  4. Play the Order of Operations Movie for the class and talk about the information shared. You might also want to project the Related Reading features and discuss them.
  5. Show students a sample math problem. Then say, “To find out the answer to this problem you must use the order of operations, which means that all of the operations you have already learned must be calculated in a certain order: PEMDAS (Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication & Division, Addition & Subtraction).”
  6. Go over the order of operation rules (remind students that the multiplication and division steps are a group which work from left to right: multiplication does not come before division. This is the same with addition and subtraction.)
  7. Tell the class you will be solving a problem together on the board. Give the example 7- (2+1) and show how the answer is 4. Explain that if you ignore the parentheses and just go in order from left to right, you get 6 as your answer. But if you start inside the parentheses (adding 2 and 1 to get 3, you get the correct answer of 4.
  8. Demonstrate several more examples on the board. Here are some sample problems you can use:

Example 1:
4+5 x 6 -7
Multiplication 5 x 6=30
Addition 4 + 30-7=34-7
Subtraction 34-7=27
Example 2: (Real World):
Joe buys 2 shirts at $8.00 each. He also buys a pair of jeans for $20.00 that gets a $3.00 discount. Write a numerical expression and solve.
(2 x $8.00)+($20.00-$3.00)
Parentheses (2 x 8)=16 and (20 – 3)=17
Addition $16+$17

Example 3:
4 x ((3 x (2^2)-1)
Parentheses ((3 x (2^2)-1)
Exponents 2^2=4
Multiplication 3 x 4 -1
Subtraction 12-1

  • Ask students to work at their tables to create their own story, song, short skit, or poem to help them remember the order of operations. Give students time to present their creations to the class.
  • Inform the students that as we continue to practice, we will play a game of BINGO. Students can play Order of Operations BINGO in pairs or small groups of 3.
  • Write a problem on the board, allowing students to use paper and pencil to assist them in solving. For each problem, ask for a student volunteer to come up and work out the problem on the board while the others work with their groups. Students should cover the numbers on their BINGO boards as the problems are solved.
  • Close by going over the day’s lesson and asking students to summarize the order of operations.
  • In this Order of Operations lesson plan, adaptable for grades 3-8, students use an online game to compute with whole numbers, excluding and. . .