# 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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### 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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### 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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### Daily Math Word Problems - Grade 3 (Worksheets)

A set of 20 problem solving questions suited to grade 3 students.

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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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### Problem Solving Mat

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

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### Valentine Bingo - 2-Digit Addition and Subtraction Game

Add and subtract two-digit numbers to win this fun Valentine’s Bingo Game!

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### Problem Solving - Multiplication and Division Worksheet

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

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### 5th Grade Math Review – Test Prep Packet

Encourage your students to work through 8 pages of 5th-grade math problems while charting their progress to measure their success.

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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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### Multiplication Word Problems Template

A template to use as a scaffold to help students create multiplication word problems.

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### Perimeter Practice Problems With Visuals – Worksheet

Download these perimeter practice problems to use when exploring measurement concepts in your math lessons.

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### Mixed Perimeter Word Problems Worksheet

Use this perimeter word problems worksheet to give your students practice calculating the perimeter of shapes.

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### Perimeter Word Problems Worksheet

Get students solving real-life perimeter word problems with a printable worksheet for 3rd and 4th grade.

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### Roll to Create a Strip Diagram

A roll to create template for students to use when learning to use strip diagrams.

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### Math Word Problem Task Cards - Multiplication and Long Division

20 one and two-step word problem task cards that focus on multiplication and long division.

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### Math Keywords 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 - Mixed Operations

A problem solving worksheet involving mixed operations.

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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 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.

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### Add and Subtract Integers on a Number Line - Interactive Picture Reveal

Practice solving addition and subtraction equations with positive and negative numbers using an interactive mystery picture reveal.

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### Basketball Math- Mixed Operations Worksheet

Practice multiplication, division, fractions, and problem-solving skills with a high-interest basketball-themed math task

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### Math Bowl - Mixed Operations Word Problem Game

Score a mathematical touchdown with by solving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division word problems with an exciting football math game.

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### CUBES Bulletin Board and Bookmark Set

Tackle word problems with this CUBES problem-solving bulletin board and bookmark set.

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### Same Perimeter, Different Area Word Problems – Worksheet

Practice solving multi-step word problems involving objects that have the same perimeter but different areas.

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### Addition and Subtraction Word Problem Task Cards - (Numbers 1-9)

Use a range of addition and subtraction strategies to solve twenty single-digit word problems.

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### Multi-Step Problem Solving Worksheet

Solve a multi-step problem and explain the mathematical reasoning behind the process with this simple assessment worksheet.

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

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

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### Area and Perimeter Word Problems

Get students to solve area and perimeter word problems with this set of three worksheets for 3rd and 4th grade.

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### Open-ended Math Problem Solving Cards – Grades 2-4

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