Students need to remember to follow the order of operations: parentheses first, then multiplication and division from left to right, and finally addition and subtraction from left to right.
Here's an example of a grade 4 order of operations practice:
5 x (4 + 2) - 8 =
First, you work on the equation between the parenthesis:
5 x 6 - 8 =
Then you work on the multiplication:
30 - 8 =
Finally, the subtraction:
30 - 8 = 22
In our grade 4 order of operations section, we have several sets of worksheets for students to solve equations involving the four operations with up to six terms and parentheses.
Add and subtract with parentheses worksheets
Students work with five terms in these addition and subtraction worksheets. Students work with parentheses.
Add, subtract six terms with parentheses
This next set of worksheets has students add and subtract with six numbers and parentheses.
Practice adding, subtracting and multiplying in the correct order
These sets of worksheets introduce multiplication with addition and subtraction. Again, parentheses are in use.
Adding, subtracting and multiplying six numbers
One more number is introduced in these worksheets, as students add, subtract and multiply 6 terms with parentheses.
Add, subtract, multiply and divide equations in order of operations
Next, students are introduced to the four operations as they add, subtract, multiply and divide five numbers in the order of operations.
Add, subtract, multiply and divide six terms
Students work with 6 numbers in these, the most challenging, order of operations worksheets for grade 4 students.