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Multiplication and Division Word Problems Task Cards (2-Digit by 1-Digit)

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 8 pages | Years: 4 - 5

Use a range of strategies ​​to solve 2-digit by 1-digit multiplication and division problems that exceed the facts of the 12 times tables.

Solve 2-Digit by 1-Digit Multiplication & Division Word Problems

Your students have mastered their multiplication facts up to 12. 

They know how to reverse those facts to divide numbers and find the quotient. 

And they know how to read. 

Put all these skills to work with our multiplication and division task cards! 

For example, one card includes the following word problem: 

Casey swims 8 laps in the pool each day after school. If Casey swims every day for 15 days straight, how many laps will she have swam?

Students read through the word problems and determine whether to apply division or multiplication. 

An answer sheet is included with your download for students to self-check their answers. 

Scaffolding + Extension Tips 

Support struggling students by showing them how to use manipulatives to help with problem-solving. Alternatively, provide students with our Problem Solving Mat to help them organise their ideas. 

Challenge fast finishers who already understand the concept to write five different multiplication and division word problems for a partner to solve.

Are you looking for alternate versions of this resource? Scroll down to the bottom of this page for additional options. 

More Ways to Put Their Times Tables to the Test!

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource for students to work on independently in your maths rotations. However, check out our suggestions for using this activity to reinforce your small group and full-class lessons too: 

🏫 Whole Class Instruction

Project the task cards on a whiteboard and work through each together, discussing different ways of approaching and completing the problems.

🧮 Small Group 

Teach concepts in a small group setting in your maths rotations. Students can use mini whiteboards to ‘show and share’ their work for each problem.

✏️ Individual Practice

For an independent task, students can use their maths notebooks or a mini whiteboard to solve the problems on the task cards. 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between PDF or Google Slides versions of this resource. An answer key is included with your download. 

Print on thick card for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

To keep the task cards out of pockets or under desks, punch a hole in the corner of each to place them on a binder ring. 

Follow up: The Bar Model Method | Teaching Mathematical Problem Solving


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Use a range of strategies ​​to solve multiplication and division problems with 2, 5 and 10 times tables.

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