The please excuse my dear aunt sally is a great learning tool for memorizing order of operations but I think I got a better tool-- Military Rank

**Parenthesis:**The General

**Exponents:**The Colonel

**Multiplication/Division:**The Sergeant

**Addition/Subtraction:**The Private

A great activity would be for you to have your students draw each soldier and label them Parenthesis: The General, Exponents: The Colonel, Multiplication/Division: The Sergeant and Addition/Subtraction: The Private.

Now take this problem as an example:

(4 + 3) + 2^2 x 6 and ask what is the generals command? What is the Colonels command? What is the Sergeants command? Wha is the Privates order?

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