Order of Operations Posters

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Download a free printable order of operations poster set for your math classroom. Each section of the poster easily prints on colorful letter-sized paper to create an eye-catching display.

One of the first decorations that I hung up in my high school math classroom after waiting an agonizing 10 days for the new wax to dry was this order of operations poster set and my grouping symbols poster which I always hang next to the order of operations.

Different Methods of Teaching the Order of Operations

PEMDAS? GEMDAS? GEMA? GEMS?

It doesn’t matter which acronym you choose to use to teach the order of operations, you should be able to modify these order of operations posters to work for you and your classroom!

The file for these order of operations posters contains all of the letters you would need for PEMDAS, GEMDAS, GEMA, or GEMS. The file for these posters includes the letters P, E, M, D, A, S, and G.

I’ve decided to make the transition from PEMDAS to GEMDAS.  In the past, I’ve always thought that I should just use PEMDAS because that’s what my students have been taught in the past.

Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally is pretty ingrained in my students’ brains.  The actual order of operations and what it means is less ingrained.

After making my grouping symbols poster, I started toying with the idea of using G for “Grouping Symbols” instead of P for “Parentheses.”  I decided to go for it and use GEMDAS.

Even if my students still think PEMDAS when they think order of operations, I hope that I can really emphasize the different grouping symbols that can be used this year.  (And, if you still want to do PEMDAS, I included a “P” at the end of the file, too!)

Printing and Prepping these Order of Operations Posters

I printed my order of operations title poster on 11 x 17 cardstock. This size of cardstock is my go-to for making posters for my classroom because it allows me to make my font just a bit bigger which allows students to see it from across the classroom.

I also used the same 11 x 17 cardstock to print my grouping symbols poster.

I printed the letters in GEMDAS on colorful astrobrights paper. I ran each page through the laminator and assembled them on the door of my classroom.

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1. Christene says:

I have also been ingrained with Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally and immediately needed a substitute that made sense to me (grammar geek). Thesaurus.com to the rescue…. How about Gladly for the 'G'? Gladly Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally. Thank you for the freebies and a better way of thinking, I introduce order of operations to my fourth graders later in the year. Happy BTS!

2. Kit Golan says:

Do you know GERMDAS? It incorporates radicals at the exponent level (since they're just fractional exponents)

1. Unknown says:

Love it!

3. Penelope says:

I too teach a "G" for grouping symbols. And, I use "GEMA" because there are really only 4 steps in the order of operations. Every year I have to reteach this because students always want to think that there are 6 steps-do all the multiplication and then go back and do all the division and then the same for add and subtract. I use the saying "Grandma Eats More Apples."

4. Sheran says:

This order of operations poster deigns are unique and I like the designs. You can order in online of various Adshel poster sizes in Australia for advertising any business event. These posters are also well known as billboard posters and used widely throughout the Australia.

5. Unknown says:

I love your posters but I can't print any of them. New to this whole thing and not very tech savy. Please help.

1. Unknown says:

I am having the same issue as well. Love your blog!

6. Unknown says:

I hit the print command twice, and then the dialog box came up. Try that