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Math Problems for Grade 5
During the summer holidays, Ginny earns extra money mowing lawns. He mows 8 lawns an hour and has 32 lawns to mow. How long will it take him?
Our class made 360 cookies for the school fair. Each family prepared 40 cookies. How many families have made cookies?
Mom bought her daughter Molly 4 gifts of $24 each and Sun Max 6 gifts of $18 each. How much money did she spend in total?
5th grade students going on an excursion. This means that 125 students must board the buses, and each bus can accommodate 48 students. How many buses will the school need?
Your mom bought you a one-year tennis pass for $300. She’s making 12 payments of how much money to pay for the pass?
The mean average of the following 5 math marks will become Sandra’s report card mark: 96, 69, 83, 73 and 85. What will her report card mark be?
In July Potter earns extra money mowing lawns. He mows 8 lawns an hour and has 28 lawns to mow. How long will it take him?
Maggie wants to ride the Ferris wheel, the roller coaster, and the log ride. The Ferris wheel costs 6 tickets, the roller coaster costs 5 tickets and the log ride costs 8 tickets. Maggie has 13 tickets. How many more tickets should Maggie buy?
Mount Kilimanjaro is 19,340 feet high. Mount Everest is 29, 028 feet high. How much smaller is Mount Kilimanjaro?
Betty had 29 dolls. Then she bought 23 dolls from the toy store and got 25 dolls for her birthday. Betty gave 12 of the dolls to her sister and 17 to her friend Lily. How many dolls does Betty have left?
solve 10-20 problems and riddles a day. Can you do more?
Understand fractions as division
* Write the answer as a proper fraction or a mixed number.
Mr. Green ordered a giant sausage for the party. It was 6 feet long! When the sausage arrived, it was cut into 16 equal pieces. How long is each piece?
Mrs. Brown decided to make a healthy snack for the 20 students in his class. She gave each student a dish of yogurt, and divided 6 cups of berries equally among the dishes. How many cups of berries did each student get in their yogurt?
5th-grade students take an excursion to the Nature Museum. They will be in the museum for 3 hours and they want to spread their time evenly among the 10 exhibits. How much time should they spend at each exhibition?
On the birthday, Luca wants to bring in homemade breakfast biscuits for his classmates. He makes a batch of 25 biscuits using 8 cups of flour. How much flour is in each biscuit?
Michelle had a list of 28 books she wanted to read. Then she read 4 and crossed them off the list. The letter X stands for the number of books Michelle has left on her list. Which equation can you use to find X?
28+4=X or 28-4=X.
At Henry's birthday party, the kids get into 2 groups for a treasure hunt. Each group has 6 kids. The letter Y stands for the total number of kids. Which equation can you use to find Y?
Add 3 or more fractions
Granny made a fruit salad with 2/3 of a pound of melon, 2/3 of a pound of bananas, and 2/3 of a pound of pineapple. How many pounds of fruit did Granny use in total?
A waitress put leftover tarts into the fridge on Thursday night. She noticed that the restaurant had 2/3 of a tart filled with cherries, 1/3 of a tart filled with blueberries, and 2/3 of a tart filled with peaches. How many leftover tarts did the restaurant have in all?
During his visit to the garden, Arnold collected 4/7 a bag of apples, 2/7 a bag of peas and 1/7 a bag of plums. How many bags of fruit Arnold collected?
Fractions of a Number
Of the 10 cups on the shelf, one-fifth are white. How many white cups are on the shelf?
Four-fifths of the 20 bowls in the cupboard are yellow. How many yellow bowls are in the cupboard?
16 yellow bowls.
There are 10 people waiting for the train. Two-fifths of them have an umbrella. How many people waiting for the train have an umbrella?
Of the 16 cookies in the cookie jar, two-quarters are peanut butter cookies. How many peanut butter cookies are in the cookie jar?
8 peanut butter cookies.
Of the 20 people in line for ice cream, seven-tenths want vanilla. How many people want vanilla ice cream?
Pour 2 2/4 cups of walnuts and 3 3/8 cups of pecans into the squirrel feeder. How many glasses of nuts did the squirrel fill?
When painting my kitchen, I used 3 1/2 liters of wight paint and 2 1/4 liters of green paint. How much paint did I use in all?
Kathleen used 6 1/3 liters to water her orchids and 2 6/9 liters to water her potted cacti. How many liters of water did Kathleen use for the flowers?
Molly is making strawberry milkshake. She added a 1/4 cup of strawberry syrup to 2/3 cup of milk. How much strawberry milkshake did Molly make?
A jug of water is ½ full. If 3 children equally share the water, what fraction of the full jug does each child get?
Each child would get 1/6 of the 1/2 left of water.
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Check Out These 50 Fifth Grade Math Word Problems of the Day
Three trains pulled into the station at 3 p.m.
Opening your daily math lesson with a Fifth Grade Math Word Problem of the Day is an excellent way to set the stage for learning! Incorporate them at the start of your math block to build confidence, critical thinking skills, and a learning community. Students will get used to reading for meaning while also identifying key information. Encourage students to write out equations and draw pictures to explain their thinking, since this helps them see the light when they are stuck!
Topics in these fifth grade math word problems cover patterns and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, measurement, and comparisons.
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50 Fifth Grade Math Word Problems
1. three trains pulled into the station at 3 p.m. the menton train had 2,589 passengers. the reston train had 671 passengers. the pearson city train had 1,024 passengers. how many passengers were there all together.
2. Grow Up Farmer’s Market had 4 crates of lemons delivered. One crate had 2,100 lemons. Two other crates had 2,010 lemons. The last crate had 1,999 lemons. How many lemons were delivered in all?
3. Ruffle Truffle Candy Company got an order for 850 chocolate truffles from the candy shop. They also got an order for 7,309 truffles from a food store. Then one more order came in for 3,125 truffles from a restaurant. How many truffles does the factory have to make to fill these orders?
4. The Tri-City Peninsula has 3 cities. 405,245 people live in Sunset City. 695,212 people live in Sunrise City. 415,937 people live in Sunup City. How many people live on Tri-City Peninsula all together?
5. Smiley’s Greeting Card Store ordered 25,294 birthday cards and 15,280 Mother’s Day cards to sell last year. They sold 11,065 Mother’s Day cards and 24,229 birthday cards. How many birthday cards did they have left?
6. Flyaway Airlines has 3 flights to New Park City every day from San Sandoz. Each plane seats 400 passengers. On Monday, the first flight had 325 passengers. The second flight had 387 passengers. The third flight had 221 passengers. How many empty seats were there all together?
7. In 1999 a million people lived in Western Deskateria. 350,268 are native to that country. The rest have moved there from another country. How many people have moved there from somewhere else?
8. Birthday candles from The Happy Hippy Candle Company are sold in packs of 8. They manufactured 6,000 boxes this past week and sold 8,000 candles. How many boxes of candles did they sell this past week?
9. Some of the new books in the South City Library were non-fiction. There were 25,025 new hardback books and 7,333 new paperbacks. 15,000 hardbacks were fiction. How many hardback books were non-fiction?
10. Giganto Mall has 6 levels. The top 5 levels each have 2,950 workers. There are 15,000 workers at the mall. How many workers work on the bottom level?
11. There are 96 frozen turkeys and 65 hams in the meat freezer at Frosty Food Mart. Each turkey weighs 19 pounds. Each ham weighs 10 pounds. How much do the turkeys weigh all together?
12. Each new dictionary purchased for the school has 355 pages. There are 35 dictionaries ready for each classroom. They weigh almost 300 pounds. How many pages is that in total?
13. Each Penguin Fruit Tree has 10,251 leaves. There were 96 fruit trees in Uncle Arch’s Orchard. Half of them were Penguin Fruit Trees. How many leaves were there on those Penguin Fruit Trees all together?
14. Benny’s Bait Shop sells worms in 12 packs. There are twelve packs in a gross. They sold 12 gross of worms this week. How many worms did they sell this week?
15. The Kwik Kar Rental Company has 27 locations in 12 states. They have 1,350 cars to rent out. If they distribute all the cars evenly among their locations, how many cars will each location get?
16. It was a sellout crowd at the football game. There were 42,500 fans in attendance. Every seat was filled. There are 85 rows of seats that wrap around the stadium. There is the same number of seats in every row. How many fans were seated in each row?
17. Mr. Sketch had 180 colored pencils in his classroom art bin. He bought new boxes of colored pencils that had 10 in a box. Now he has 400 colored pencils. How many new boxes did he buy?
18. 4,500 people arrived at the stadium for the rock concert on buses. another 4,500 came by train. the rest came in cars. each bus could hold 225 people and every bus was filled. how many buses were there.
19. Super Duper Corporation pays rent on their big headquarters building every month. Last year they paid $60,756 in rent and about the same amount on heat. They pay the same amount every month for the rent. How much is the rent per month?
20. Straight Arrow Dress Shirts sold a lot of dress shirts last month. Each shirt has 7 buttons down the front and 1 button on each sleeve. They used 72,000 buttons on the shirts sold last month. How many shirts did they sell?
21. Lake Louie has boats that take tourists on cruises around the lake. On Saturday, 8,112 tourists wanted to cruise around the lake. 3 boats cruise at a time in a shift. Each boat holds 500 people. A cruise lasts 30 minutes. How many shifts did they need to run so every tourist could cruise?
22. Superstar Sam is a professional baseball player and practices pitching every day. He spent 12,000 minutes practicing his pitching in July. He practices batting for 1 hour each week. How many hours did he practice his pitching in July?
23. The new sidewalk leading up to the front door of Elemental Elementary School was 55 feet long and 36 inches wide. 25 feet of it were painted gold and the rest was silver. How many inches long was the silver section?
24. The Dig-It Mining Company dug up 12,000 pounds of a rare mineral, Bobodium, every day for a week. They sell it in 8-ounce boxes. How many boxes will they need to pack up that week’s Bobodium?
25. Rita Writealot, the famous author, is visiting Collegial College and giving everyone who attends one of her two lectures 2 of her books. 600 people came to her first lecture. The second lecture had a good turnout also. She gave out 2,468 books all together. How many people came to her second lecture?
26. Mr. Amazing is preparing his magic act. There are 12,366 gold coins that he uses in one of his acts. He uses some in each scheduled appearance. He put aside 229 gold coins for each appearance. How many appearances is he planning on?
27. Rick has 4/5 of a Choco-bar. Sid has 6/7 of a Choco-bar. Nick has 6/8 of a Choco-bar. Who has the biggest piece of a Choco-bar?
28. ginny has 6/4 of some watermelons. william has 3/9 of another watermelon. steve has ½ of a different watermelon. who has the smallest amount of watermelon.
29. Luz is going to make a cheese dip. She bought ½ pound of American cheese. She also bought ¾ pound of Swiss cheese and ¼ pound of cheddar cheese. How much cheese did she buy?
30. Mercy had to select how much of a pepperoni pizza she wanted. She could have 7/8, 8/16, or 8/10. If she wants the most pizza, which amount should she choose?
31. Explorer Elmo Adventure found an ancient site with gold bars. He found three. The first was 5/12 of a pound. The second bar was 7/12 of a pound, and the third was 3/6 of a pound. How much did the bars weigh all together?
32. Sandy had 3/4 of a loaf of fresh-baked bread her mom made. She gave half of it to her cousin Stella. How much of the loaf did Sandy have left?
33. The fifth grade teacher, Ms. Marvelous, had 9/10 of an apple pie. She gave 3/10 to her principal, Mr. Pal, and 3/10 to her co-teacher, Mrs. Merry. How much pie did Ms. Marvelous have left?
34. Grace was laying pieces of ribbon she had end-to-end. The blue piece was 3/12 of a foot. The red piece was ½ of a foot and the white piece was 8/12 of a foot long. How long was the total?
35. Rob was reading a book that had 400 pages. He read 1/3 of it on Monday and another ¼ of it on Tuesday. What fraction of the book does he have left to read?
36. Ty had ½ of his whole birthday cake left. He gave his sister, Janelle, ¼ of that. How much of the whole cake did Janelle get?
37. The high school football team was meeting for the first time for practice. There were 64 players. ¾ of them were seniors. The rest were underclassmen. How many players were underclassmen?
38. The treasure hunters dug up a shoebox with $1,500 in it. There were five people on the treasure hunter team, so each got to keep 1/5 of the money. How much money did each person get to keep?
39. Tristan only has 1/8 of his deck left to paint. The whole deck has a total area of 100 square feet. He figured he could get ½ of what’s left done on Friday and the rest on Saturday. What fraction of the total deck does he plan to paint on Saturday?
40. three friends were keeping track of their running. these are the results from their runs on saturday. paige ran 0.75 miles. tanner ran 0.09 miles. liza ran 0.706 miles. who ran the farthest.
41. Gary’s professional kickball cards are divided among 3 teams. ¼ of his cards are San Fransisco Seals players. 0.25 are New York Yaks players. The rest play for the Nova Scotia Salmon. What decimal would best describe how much of his collection is Salmon players?
42. Molly the miner was weighing small amounts of gold dust. She had 3 packets of gold dust. They weighed 0.29 ounces, 1.07 ounces, and 0.92 ounces. She has to get 3 ounces of gold dust before she sells it. How much more gold dust does she need to make the sale?
43. Heather has 4 bank accounts. The first has $25.09 in it. The second has $106.75 in it and the third and fourth each have $108.08 in them. What is the total amount of money Heather has in these accounts?
44. each member of kirk’s family got a payment of $1,070.09 from their family business. there are 12 people in kirk’s family, including him. they range in age from 12 to 99. how much did the family get paid in total.
45. The number of t-shirts Ollie sells at the flea market runs in a predictable pattern. He sold 120 shirts in January, 60 shirts in February, 240 shirts in March, 120 shirts in April, 480 shirts in May, and 240 shirts in June. If the pattern of sales continues, how many shirts will he sell in August?
46. A number code is used to unlock the special vault. Three numbers must be entered in the correct order on a keypad numbered 0-100. The first is an odd number less than 20 that has 2 digits, both the same. The second number is even and is ½ of the number that is ¼ of 16. The third number is the product of the first two numbers and then doubled. What is the code?
47. Kim noticed this pattern on an old piece of parchment. 2, 5, 11, 23, 47, 95. Kim figured out the next two numbers. What are they?
48. Al is 5 years older than Ted. Ted is 2 years older than Alice. Alice is a year younger than Fran. Fran is 8 years old. How old is Al?
49. Liam finally got to the ferry dock at 4 p.m. He had taken the train to the ferry from Chairtown station. That train took half an hour to get to the ferry. To get to the station, he had driven for 4 and a half hours from Deskville Airport. He flew to Deskville from Tabletown Airport that morning. The flight was 2 and a half hours. What time did he fly out of Tabletown Airport?
50. Chris worked three jobs on Saturday. She mowed a lawn and finished it at 6 p.m. She washed windows for 3 hours. Also, she washed, waxed, and vacuumed 3 cars. Each car took an hour and a half to do. Chris started her day working at 9 a.m. How many minutes did it take her to mow the lawn?
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69 Challenging Word Problems for 5th Graders
October 17, 2023 // by Seda Unlucay
We know how hard it can be to come up with thought provoking word problems in the middle of a math lesson, so we’ve taken the pressure off by creating a grandiose list that’s perfect for your 5th graders. These multi-step word problems incorporate addition , subtraction , multiplication , and division as well as; time , money, place value , and fractions . Since they involve more than one step, your students should be encouraged to express their thinking with pictures and words to help solve and check each problem. Reference this helpful list of word problems when planning your next math lesson!
1. Jamie traveled 4325 km in 640 days. How many kilometers did he travel on average each day?
2. miss jones gave her students the number 30,808 and asked them to write the number in expanded form. tammy wrote (3 x 10,000) + (8 x 10) + (8 x 1). jack wrote (3 x 10,000) + (8 x 100) + (8 x 1). who is correct explain your reasoning., 3. james bought crayons for $2.50 and erasers for $4.50. how much change did he get back if he paid with a $20 bill, 4. there are 89 puppies for sale at the pet store. 16 are black and 34 are brown. the rest have spots. how many puppies have spots, 5. terrance and his three friends earned $359 in august, $522 in july, and $420 in september selling lemonade. how much would they each earn if they divided their earnings equally, 6. steve and paul were playing football. steve gained 82 yards and paul gained 35 yards. what was the total number of yards gained by both boys during the game, 7. patrick bought lunch at the school fair. he bought 3 hotdogs for $4.50 each and 2 hamburgers for $5.60 each. he also used a coupon for $2 off the price of lunch. how much money did he spend on lunch altogether, 8. the school bus seats 85 students. at the first stop, 16 students got off the bus. at the second stop, another 18 students got off the bus. how many students were left on the bus, 9. sandra spent $135 on new clothes. she bought a blouse for $48 and two t-shirts for $23 each. how much money does she have leftover, 10. four teachers handed out pencils to their students. two classes had 24 students each, the third class had 29 students and the fourth one had 27 students. how many pencils were handed out in all, 11. andrew was watching the chimpanzees at the zoo. 45 of them were eating bugs, 36 were playing with sticks and the rest were napping. if there were 122 chimpanzees in all, how many were napping, 12. william feeds his fish 8 containers of fish food each day. each container costs $3.25. how much money does william spend on fish food in one week, 13. elizabeth is making shell necklaces for her 7 friends. she needs 23 seashells to make each necklace. she has 89 seashells collected so far. how many more seashells does she need to make all 7 necklaces , 14. edward and carl were playing a video game. edward scored 835 points and carl scored 345 points. how many more points did edward score than carl, 15. ava bought 8 cookies for $2.25 each, 5 chocolate bars for $1.50 each, and 6 cupcakes for $1.25 each. how much change should she get back if she paid with a $50 bill, 16. 320 people visited the amusement park on saturday. four times as many visited on sunday. how many people visited the amusement park on the weekend , 17. stephanie bought 45 plain cookies for $2.20 each. she decorated them with icing and sold them for $3.75 each. how much profit did she make selling her decorated cookies , 18. miles made 45 t-shirts to sell online. he sold each one for $30 but she had to pay $8.50 tax for each shirt. how much money did he make in all, 19. amy went to the gym for 15 years. she trained three times a week every year. how many times did she go to the gym in 15 years, 20. lisa sold sweaters. she sold 899 sweaters in her first year in business, 1450 in her second year, and 2450 in her third year. how much did she make in total if each sweater cost $29 , 21. tyler was catching butterflies. in the first hour, he caught 7 butterflies. in the second hour, he caught 9. in the third hour, he caught 11. if this pattern continued, how many hours would it take him to catch more than 60 butterflies, 22. peter sees 144 cars drive by his house per week. how many cars does he see over 3 years , 23. shannon has to reserve buses for a field trip. she has 271 children, 12 teachers, and 9 parents. each bus can seat 22 passengers. how many buses would she need and how many spare seats would be left, 24. john wants to bake 1400 cupcakes for the school bake sale. he can bake 36 cupcakes per day. he has already baked 396. how many days will it take him to bake 1400 cupcakes, 25. ben and his 4 friends read 60 books in one year. each book has an average of 235 pages. how many pages did they read in total in one year, 26. mandy is having a birthday party. she invited 25 friends and baked 432 cookies. she wants to share the cookies at her party but also wants to save 35 for her siblings. how many cookies will each person get at the party, 27. edward wanted to give away his stamps to 12 friends. he has 624 stamps. how many stamps will each friend get and how many will be left over, 28. movie tickets cost $24 per adult and 1/4 of that price per child. how much will a family with 2 adults and 5 children pay in total , 29. melissa earned $560 in september and only 2/5 of that in october. how much money did she earn in october, 30. paul ate 1¼ pizzas and sam ate 3 ¾ pizzas. how many pizzas did they eat in all, 31. jamie earned $800 in his first year in business. if he shares 3/4 of his earnings with his family, how much money will he have left, 32. sarah had to cut a 230 m piece of wood into 5 pieces. how long would each piece be after cutting, 33. a school of 385 students and 12 teachers was going camping and needed to reserve some buses. if one bus can carry 70 people, how many buses would they need, 34. james is selling his house. he will keep 70% of the profit and give 30% to his mother. if the house sells for $300,000, how much money will they each receive, 35. steven earned $200 during 1 week of work. the following week, he earned 30% more. how much money did he earn over 2 weeks, 36. alex made $540 selling buttons at a garage sale and andy made 2/5 of alex’s amount. how much money did andy make , 37. jennifer has a backyard that is 13m by 9m. she wants to add a garden that will measure 7m by 4m. how many meters of space will she have leftover in her backyard , 38. sandra bought $250 worth of school supplies. the store was having a sale so she got a 30% discount. how much did she have to pay, 39. danny was building a large playhouse for his daughter. the perimeter of the dollhouse was a square. if one side was 21m long, how long would the entire perimeter be , 40. kimberly painted a new painting. she spent $530 on paint, $223 on the easel, $55 on the frame, and $421 on the canvas. she sold her painting for $3264. how much profit did she make, 41. kyle, jack, and jamie went to a pizza party where they each ate 3¼ slices of pizza. how many pizza slices did they eat in all, 42. sam made $500 selling baseball cards in february. he made 40% more than that in march. how much did he earn over the months, 43. mary wants to add a carpet to her living room. the area of her living room is 123m2 and the carpet costs $8 per square meter. how much would the carpet cost in total, 44. amy was buying snacks for a party. she bought 35 bags of chips that cost $2.50 each, 6 bottles of soda at $4.50 each, and a large cake that cost $77. how much did she spend in total on the party, 45. samantha wanted to add some new wallpaper to her walls. each wall was 8m by 13m and she had 7 walls to cover. how much area did she have to cover in all, 46. pam bought a new laundry machine for $1500 and a dryer for $850. she got a 20% on the total. how much did she have to pay, 47. tammy bought a packet of stickers with 78 stickers inside. she decided to keep 2/3 of them and give 1/3 to her sister. how many stickers did her sister get, 48. james earned $900 in october mowing lawns. sam earned 8/9 of that amount. how much money did sam earn, 49. patricia cut a chocolate bar into equal pieces to share with 3 friends. if the chocolate bar was 42.6 cm long, how long were each of the three pieces, 50. james ate 4/5 of a cake and amy ate 2/3. how much did they eat altogether , 51. stanley’s parents agreed to let him buy a new video game console if he paid for half of it. they gave him the $180 for their portion. if stanley has saved $108.70 so far, how much more money does he need to buy the console , 52. stephanie made brownies for the class bake sale. the box says that the pan will make 12 servings. if each serving is 250 calories, how many calories would the entire pan have , 53. every month the smith family pays $45 for their basic cell phone plan plus $6.95 for each of their 4 phones. they also pay $29.99 for a data and texting plan and an additional $7.45 in taxes. how much is their monthly bill , 54. a beetle is about 3/4 of an inch long. a rattlesnake is about 30 times longer. how long is a rattlesnake, 55. yasmine needed 45 facts about giraffes for her science project. she recorded 2/5 of the facts she needed from her first book, 12 facts from the second book, and 1/9 of the facts she needed from the third book. how many more facts does she need to complete her project, 56. jack’s comic book collection contains 125 marvel comics and 150 dc comics. if he decides to donate 1/5 of his marvel comics and 1/4 of his dc comics to the school library, how many comic books will he donate in total.
57. Lola spent 1/2 of her pocket money on a toy car and 1/3 of the remaining on a coloring book. If she had $60 at the beginning, how much money does she have left?
58. In a school, 2/5 of the students prefer soccer over any other sport. If there are 500 students, how many prefer soccer?
59. Olivia baked 10 dozen cookies for a bake sale. Each dozen was sold for $8.50. How much money did Olivia make from the bake sale?
60. If Ethan read 2 books per day for a week, how many books did he read in total?
61. A rectangle has a length of 15 cm and a width of 7 cm. What is the perimeter of the rectangle?
62. Noah wants to buy a new video game that costs $60. He has already saved $35. How much more money does he need to save to buy the video game?
63. Anna has 3 bags of marbles. Each bag contains 48 marbles. She gives 2 marbles to each of her 12 friends. How many marbles does she have left?
64. Matthew and Emma decided to divide their collection of 60 stickers equally. If Matthew decided to give 1/3 of his stickers to his sister, how many stickers does Matthew have left?
65. Harper has a fish tank that can hold 30 gallons of water. She fills it up to 7/10 of its capacity. How much water is in the fish tank?
66. Chloe has to read a 320-page book for school. She already read 175 pages. How many pages does she have left to read?
67. Jackson is saving to buy a bike that costs $250. He saves $25 from his allowance each week. How many weeks will it take for Jackson to save enough money to buy the bike?
68. Zoe has 36 stickers. She wants to give equal amounts to her 4 friends. How many stickers will each friend get?
69. Ryan’s mom bought him 2 packs of baseball cards. Each pack has 12 cards in it. Ryan already had 7 cards. How many baseball cards does Ryan have now?
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Strategies for Solving Word Problems – Math
It’s one thing to solve a math equation when all of the numbers are given to you but with word problems, when you start adding reading to the mix, that’s when it gets especially tricky.
The simple addition of those words ramps up the difficulty (and sometimes the math anxiety) by about 100!
How can you help your students become confident word problem solvers? By teaching your students to solve word problems in a step by step, organized way, you will give them the tools they need to solve word problems in a much more effective way.
Here are the seven strategies I use to help students solve word problems.
1. read the entire word problem.
Before students look for keywords and try to figure out what to do, they need to slow down a bit and read the whole word problem once (and even better, twice). This helps kids get the bigger picture to be able to understand it a little better too.
2. Think About the Word Problem
Students need to ask themselves three questions every time they are faced with a word problem. These questions will help them to set up a plan for solving the problem.
Here are the questions:
A. what exactly is the question.
What is the problem asking? Often times, curriculum writers include extra information in the problem for seemingly no good reason, except maybe to train kids to ignore that extraneous information (grrrr!). Students need to be able to stay focused, ignore those extra details, and find out what the real question is in a particular problem.
B. What do I need in order to find the answer?
Students need to narrow it down, even more, to figure out what is needed to solve the problem, whether it’s adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, or some combination of those. They’ll need a general idea of which information will be used (or not used) and what they’ll be doing.
This is where key words become very helpful. When students learn to recognize that certain words mean to add (like in all, altogether, combined ), while others mean to subtract, multiply, or to divide, it helps them decide how to proceed a little better
Here’s a Key Words Chart I like to use for teaching word problems. The handout could be copied at a smaller size and glued into interactive math notebooks. It could be placed in math folders or in binders under the math section if your students use binders.
One year I made huge math signs (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and divide symbols) and wrote the keywords around the symbols. These served as a permanent reminder of keywords for word problems in the classroom.
If you’d like to download this FREE Key Words handout, click here:
C. What information do I already have?
This is where students will focus in on the numbers which will be used to solve the problem.
3. Write on the Word Problem
This step reinforces the thinking which took place in step number two. Students use a pencil or colored pencils to notate information on worksheets (not books of course, unless they’re consumable). There are lots of ways to do this, but here’s what I like to do:
- Circle any numbers you’ll use.
- Lightly cross out any information you don’t need.
- Underline the phrase or sentence which tells exactly what you’ll need to find.
4. Draw a Simple Picture and Label It
Drawing pictures using simple shapes like squares, circles, and rectangles help students visualize problems. Adding numbers or names as labels help too.
For example, if the word problem says that there were five boxes and each box had 4 apples in it, kids can draw five squares with the number four in each square. Instantly, kids can see the answer so much more easily!
5. Estimate the Answer Before Solving
Having a general idea of a ballpark answer for the problem lets students know if their actual answer is reasonable or not. This quick, rough estimate is a good math habit to get into. It helps students really think about their answer’s accuracy when the problem is finally solved.
6. Check Your Work When Done
This strategy goes along with the fifth strategy. One of the phrases I constantly use during math time is, Is your answer reasonable ? I want students to do more than to be number crunchers but to really think about what those numbers mean.
Also, when students get into the habit of checking work, they are more apt to catch careless mistakes, which are often the root of incorrect answers.
7. Practice Word Problems Often
Just like it takes practice to learn to play the clarinet, to dribble a ball in soccer, and to draw realistically, it takes practice to become a master word problem solver.
When students practice word problems, often several things happen. Word problems become less scary (no, really).
They start to notice similarities in types of problems and are able to more quickly understand how to solve them. They will gain confidence even when dealing with new types of word problems, knowing that they have successfully solved many word problems in the past.
If you’re looking for some word problem task cards, I have quite a few of them for 3rd – 5th graders.
This 3rd grade math task cards bundle has word problems in almost every one of its 30 task card sets..
There are also specific sets that are dedicated to word problems and two-step word problems too. I love these because there’s a task card set for every standard.
CLICK HERE to take a look at 3rd grade:
This 4th Grade Math Task Cards Bundle also has lots of word problems in almost every single of its 30 task card sets. These cards are perfect for centers, whole class, and for one on one.
CLICK HERE to see 4th grade:
This 5th Grade Math Task Cards Bundle is also loaded with word problems to give your students focused practice.
CLICK HERE to take a look at 5th grade:
Want to try a FREE set of math task cards to see what you think?
3rd Grade: Rounding Whole Numbers Task Cards
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5th Grade: Read, Write, and Compare Decimals Task Cards
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