# Word Problems Teaching Resources

Browse math word problems and word problem worksheets created by teachers for teachers like you! This vast collection covers all four math operations with problem-solving tasks that allow students to apply their math skills to real-world problems!

From worksheets to task cards, this collection is full of Common Core math curriculum-aligned resources, ready for your classroom, your lesson plans and your students!

Curious about using word problems in your classroom? Read on for a primer from our teacher team, including a kid-friendly definition of the concept and tips to ensure your students succeed with word problems!

## What Is a Word Problem? A Kid-Friendly Definition

No doubt you know the answer to this question, but would you know how to answer if a student asked? Here's a handy definition that you can use!

A word problem is a kind of maths problem that is presented in words instead of just numbers. Word problems require us to use our math skills to solve real-life scenarios or situations.

A word problem usually includes a question or a scenario that needs to be solved using one of the four math operations like addition, subtraction, multiplication or division.

## How to Help Students Succeed With Word Problems

Word problems are a fantastic tool to help students build their problem-solving skills. So how do you set them up for success?

Our teacher team has a few tricks up our sleeves to ensure your students can translate their maths skills into real-world problem-solving situations.

### 1. Teach Key Word Problem Vocabulary

Word problems are full of, well, words that serve as cues for students to help them know which operations to apply. Make sure to explicitly teach students the words so they know the appropriate actions.

For example, if a student sees the term "take away" in a word problem, they should know that subtraction is involved. Here are just a few other key word problem vocabulary terms:

- How much
- Increased by
- How much longer
- Lost
- Remain
- Reduce

You may want to create anchor charts as a class with some of these keywords so students have a handy reference.

### 2. Hand Out Highlighter s

Teach students to work through a word problem and highlight or underline the important information (such as what is being asked for), while they cross out redundant information and other bits that are not necessary.

This can help them focus on the key points that matter.

### 3. Teach the CUBES Strategy

This handy strategy is a favorite among our teacher team (you'll even find CUBES resources on our site!). CUBES stands for:

**C**ircle all the numbers**U**nderline the question**B**ox the key words**E**valuate and write the equation**S**olve & check

### 4. Practice Creating Word Problems As a Class

Before you hand already crafted word problems to your students to solve, why not work together as a class to create some?

Take regular addition or subtraction problems from the many worksheets on Teach Starter, and turn them into word problems together so students can reverse engineer the process. Students can also draw a picture to illustrate the problem.

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### Open-ended Math Problem Solving - Grades 1, 2, and 3 (Task Card Version)

A set of 20 open-ended problem solving task cards covering a range of mathematical concepts.

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### Addition and Subtraction Problem Solving Task Cards

Practice solving 1- and 2-step word problems by adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers with this set of 16 task cards.

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### Pandora's Party Palace Math Activity - Middle Years Version

16 mathematics problem solving task cards involving money in a real-world context.

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### Open-Ended Math Problem Solving - Grades 1, 2, and 3 (PowerPoint Version)

A PowerPoint with 20 open-ended problem solving questions covering a range of mathematical concepts.

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### Multiplication and Division - Which Operation Is It? – Interactive PowerPoint

An interactive 64-slide PowerPoint to use when learning to solve multiplication and division word problems.

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### The Case of the Missing Turkey! - Thanksgiving Escape

Uncover the location of the missing Thanksgiving turkey with a 4th-grade multiplication Thanksgiving Mystery escape room activity.

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### Multi-Step Addition and Subtraction Word Problem Task Cards

Solve multi-step addition and subtraction word problems with a set of printable math task cards.

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### Division with Models Worksheet

Complete 8 division word problems by representing dividends as numbers, pictures, and number sentences.

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### Math Word Problem Match-Up Game - Basic Multiplication and Division

Twenty word problem cards to use in the classroom when learning to differentiate between multiplication and division situations.

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### Multiplication Match-Up Puzzles

A match-up activity to assist students in understanding multiplication word problems.

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### Multiplication or Division? Problem Solving Cards

20 multiplication and division problem solving cards.

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### Multiplication and Division Word Problem Task Cards (Facts 1-12)

Use a range of strategies to solve multiplication and division problems for times tables facts 1-12.

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### Multiplication and Division Word Problems Task Cards (Facts of 2, 5, and 10)

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

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### Problem Solving - Multiplication and Division Worksheet

Practice solving word problems using one-step division and multiplication.

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### Math Key Words for Problem Solving

Help your students decipher math word problems with a set of printable math keyword anchor charts.

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### Problem Solving Mat

A problem solving mat to help guide students when solving word problems.

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### Thanksgiving Menu Math - 4th Grade Multiplication Word Problems

Practice solving single and double-digit multiplication word problems with a fun Thanksgiving Menu Math activity for 4th grade.

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### Addition and Subtraction Mat - Apple Tree

Solve addition and subtraction problems up to 10 with a hands-on apple math center.

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### Basic Multiplication and Division Word Problem Task Cards

21 word problem task cards to use when learning to differentiate between and model multiplication and division situations.

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### Daily Math Problems - Grades 2-3

A 44-slide PowerPoint that includes 20 one and two-step word problems.

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### Problem Solving Worksheet - Money

A problem solving worksheet involving money.

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### Thanksgiving Math- Multiplication Task Cards

Practice solving single-digit multiplication word problems with a set of Thanksgiving Task Cards.

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

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.

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### CUBES - Problem Solving Strategy Poster

A poster showing the CUBES problem solving strategy.

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### Math Problem Solving Brainteasers – Grades 3-5

A set of 10 fun problem solving brainteasers for your students.

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### Math Problem Solving Cards - Grades 2 and 3

A set of 30 problem solving questions covering a range of mathematical concepts.

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### Math Brainteaser Task Cards - Grades 3-5 (Version 2)

A set of 10 fun, problem-solving brainteasers for your students.

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### Problem Solving - Mixed Operations

A problem solving worksheet involving mixed operations.

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### Problem Solving Worksheet — Elapsed Time

A problem solving worksheet involving elapsed time.

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### Thanksgiving Math Tales - Kindergarten Math Problems

Solve story problems using models with a Thanksgiving Story Problem interactive activity for kindergarten.

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### Addition and Subtraction Word Problems - Match Game

Practice reading, modeling, and solving addition and subtraction word problems with a matching activity.

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### Strip Diagram (Bar Model) Poster Pack

Help your students solve problems using the four operations with a pack of printable strip diagram anchor charts.