Order of Operations for Special Education PRINT and DIGITAL


Total Pages 70 pages and 22 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 2 Weeks


Order of Operations unit contains 70 pages and 22 google slides designed for students with autism and special learning needs. This unit looks at using PEMDAS order of operations and how to apply it to solving 2 and 3 step equations.


The book walks through the steps and the movie is animated and narrated to help students see the importance of solving these equations one step at a time using the correct order of operations.


There is a power card that outlines the steps (one card uses words and one uses pictures) when applying the order of operations. There is also an example present for students to refer to.


Some worksheets practice the steps in isolation, building the skills necessary, and some have students work through the entire 2 or 3 step equations while showing their work.


There are practice problems for the teacher to use in various suggested group activities. One of these is playing a game of bingo. There are 10 bingo cards included with suggestions for 10 different ways to use them. These group activities are a great way to add engagement and also pull in some of those social and communication IEP goals while also doing math!!




There are suggestions for differentiation so all of your students are able to utilize the components in this unit.


*****This unit contains digital activities. There are 22 google slides which include a differentiated set of slides and a movie version of the book.



For more advanced skills, on solving equations, check out:

  • Introduction to Linear Equations and Functions CLICK HERE



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Order of Operations Activities Include:

  • 10 day lesson plan
  • 22 page book on the order of operations and solving equations (includes a movie version)
  • power card ( 2 versions) listing the order of operations and an example
  • Putting the various operations in the correct order (includes digital activities)
  • Labeling the order of operations in an equation without solving it (includes digital activities)
  • 16 practice problems to use for group activities
  • 10 Bingo cards and 10 suggestions for ways to use them
  • Practice problems to solve (2 sets) (includes digital activities)
    • One set does not use parentheses
    • One set uses parentheses
    • Both sets contain 2 and 3 step equations
  • Quiz (includes digital activities)
  • 26 google slides


Much of what I have learned about curriculum development is incorporated into these units. For example, do not be afraid of repetition. It is critical that students with significant disabilities get to experience material over several days to be able to fully assimilate what is being taught. Also, adding visual supports to your printables and class activities helps students be able to pay more attention to the content you are presenting rather than the mechanics of what is expected. Finally, ask questions. Good questions!! Regardless of the material, if we can ask students good questions it will push them to think more deeply than before.


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