Make sure your student reads the entire problem first.
It is very easy to start reading a word problem and think after the first sentence or two that 'I know what they're asking for...' and then have the problem take an entirely different turn.
These worksheets will test a students ability to choose the correct operation based on the story problem text.
One way to make a word problem slightly more complex is to include extra (but unused) information in the problem text.
In the above example, he saw that Ernie has 5 eyeballs. Crazy wants to make 6 Ernies, he needs to do the following math problem to find out how many eyeballs he will need: 6 x 5 = 30 eyeballs After he completed each problem, he recorded it on his answer sheet.
Problem Solving Sheets
He had to write the number of the card, show his work, and circle the answer.
These worksheets include only multiplication story problems; see worksheets in the following sections for mixed operations.
If you've been working as Troop Cookie Mom (or Dad!
Talking with kids regularly about 'how many more do you need' or 'how many do you have left over' or other seemingly simple questions when asked regularly can build that basic number sense that helps enormously when word problems and applied math start to show up.
There are many tricks for solving word problems that can bridge the gap, and they can be helpful tools if students are either struggling with where to start with a problem or just need a way to check their thinking on a particular problem.