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Adding and Subtracting Decimals Word Problems – Worksheet

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 4 pages | Grades: 5 - 6

Practice solving word problems by adding and subtracting decimals to the thousandths place with this worksheet.

Adding and Subtracting Decimals – Word Problems

Have your students mastered how to add and subtract whole numbers? If so, they are probably ready to extend this skill to decimals. This math worksheet will give your students plenty of practice solving decimal word problems that require addition or subtraction. 

With this double-sided worksheet, students will practice solving word problems that involve the addition or subtraction of decimals to the thousandths place. Students should be encouraged to line up the problem vertically while keeping the decimal points properly aligned. On the back of the worksheet, students will match the correct answer to its corresponding answer.

An answer key is included with your download to make grading fast and easy! 

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

In addition to independent student work time, use this worksheet as an activity for:

For students who may need a bit of a challenge, encourage them to create their own decimal word problems where addition or subtraction are required to solve. Students can then trade their self-created problems with a classmate to solve.

If there are students who need additional support, consider providing graph paper for students to use when calculating the sum or difference. This will allow students a place for each number and assist with proper alignment. Additionally, students can complete this worksheet in a 1-on-1 setting or with a small group of students. 

🖨️ Easily Download & Print

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or editable Google Slides version of this resource. 

Because this resource includes an answer sheet, we recommend you print one copy of the entire file. Then, make photocopies of the blank worksheet for students to complete. 

To save paper, we suggest printing this 2-page worksheet double-sided.

Turn this teaching resource into a sustainable activity by printing on cardstock and slipping it into a dry-erase sleeve. Students can record their answers with a whiteboard marker, then erase and reuse them. 

Additionally, project the worksheet onto a screen and work through it as a class by having students record their answers in their notebooks. 

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This resource was created by Nicole Ellis, a teacher in NY and Teach Starter Collaborator.


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