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  • "There are fourteen boys in Mark’s chess club. For Thanksgiving they participate in a food drive. They visit 70 houses and collect a total of 210 cans of food. How many cans of food did they collect per house, on average?" Five Thanksgiving-themed division problems.
  • "A group of people are cross-country skiing. Altogether, they ski one hundred ninety-six miles. There are fourteen people in the group. How far does each one ski, on average?"
  • Abigail saw the same number of pigs and chickens at the farm. She counted twelve legs. How many were pig legs and how many were chicken legs? Six word problems.
  • Andrea brought seventy-five Valentines candies to school. If there are twenty-eight students in her class, how many candies can each student have if Andrea wants them all to have the same amount? Will there be any left over? Six word problems.
  • Paige, Cassandra, and Katie earned $12.45 by working for a neighbor. Assuming they worked equal amounts, what would each girl’s share be? Six word problems.
  • Math Tools sign illustrated with a protractor.
  • Heather says, "I have two numbers in mind. When I subtract the smaller from the larger, the difference is seven. When I multiply the two numbers, the product is eighteen. What are my two numbers?" Six word problems.
  • "Ms. Lawson hid 365 eggs in her yard for an egg hunt. The children found 329 eggs. How many eggs did they NOT find?"
  • "Clem really likes cross country skiing. Last week he skied twenty-one miles. This weekend he skied seven more miles. How many miles did he ski altogether?" Five winter-themed addition word problems.
  • "Tracy collects forty-eight icicles for her science class. They are twenty-five inches long on average. What is the total length of the icicles Tracy collects?" Five winter-themed multiplication word problems.
  • "Bob and his friends are baking cookies for a school fundraiser. They baked eight hundred thirty-two cookies. However, they ate sixty-nine of them. How many cookies are left?" Five winter-themed subtraction word problems.
  • Jordan has eight apples. Cameron has half as many apples as Jordan. Natalie has three-quarters as many apples as Cameron. How many apples does each person have? How many do they have altogether? Six word problems.
  • Brooke has eleven flowers. She has more tulips than roses. What are the possible combinations of tulips and roses, if she only has these two types of flowers? Six word problems.
  • Dakota went to the store. He bought three note pads for $.75 each, four pencils at 2 for $.35 and one candy bar, which was being sold at 3 for $1.80. How much money did he spend? How much did he get back from the $10.00 he gave the clerk? Six word problems.
  • "Tickets for a tour of the Great Wall of China are 50 rmb for adults and 30 rmb for children ages 12-24. How much does it cost for Simon and his family in all? How much in dollars?" Four word problems for converting pesos to dollars.
  • "Tori and her family go on a tour of St. Basil’s Cathedral. Tickets are 120 rubles for adults; admission is free for children 12 and under. How much does it cost for Tori and her family in all? How much in dollars?" Four word problems for converting rubles to dollars.
  • "Mike and his family all had dinner in a French restaurant in Montreal. The meal cost $150 Canadian. What was the average cost of the meal per person, in U.S. dollars?" Four word problems with converting Canadian to US dollars.
  • Classroom sign, Problem Solving, illustrated with a girl and thinking bubble.
  • A set of problem solving cards with 6 different scenarios. 

  • There are pictures of snakes in three overlapping circles. There are ten snakes in circle A, twenty snakes in circle B, and thirteen snakes in circle C. Six of the snakes are in both circles A and B. Five of the snakes are in both circles B and C. How many snakes are there in all? Six word problems.
  • Dylan poured punch at the class party. There are twenty-five people in Dylan’s class. He gave each person 100 ml of punch. How many liters of punch did the class need for the party? Six word problems.
  • This math worksheet helps students practice determining average speed.
  • "Cowboy Jake is competing in a rodeo. In the last event, a bull kicks him in the arm and breaks it, but he still wins $144 in all. How much does he have left after he pays a doctor $66 to put his arm in a cast?"
  • "We know that, on average, each tree absorbs from 13 to 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. We have planted 15 trees. How much carbon dioxide absorption will the trees we’ve already planted enable in the next 50 years?" Five math problems with an environmental theme.
  • "Pierre wants to buy a new mountain bike that costs $999. This summer, he earned $476 mowing lawns. This winter he has already earned $201 shoveling snow. How much money has he earned so far this year?" Five winter-themed addition word problems.
  • "Bob's class is cutting out paper snowflakes to decorate the classroom. If each child cuts out two snowflakes, how many do five children cut? Six children? Seven children?" Five winter-themed word problems with skip counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s.
  • Mr. Wilder is taller than Ms. White. Mr. Singer is shorter than Ms. White. Ms. Jackson is taller than Ms. White, but she is not the tallest teacher. Put all of these teachers in order according to their height. Six word problems.
  • "Marie's family all had lunch in a small patisserie. The meal cost €48. What was the average cost of the meal per person, in dollars?" Four word problems for converting euros to dollars.
  • "Petra wants to buy a small replica of the pyramid at Chichén Itzá. She has $15 left. The pyramid costs 200 pesos. Does she have enough money?" Four word problems for converting pesos to dollars.
  • Cody had nineteen pieces of candy. He gave five away. Then he ate six pieces. He traded four pieces for a baseball card. How many pieces of candy does he have left? Six word problems.
  • Create a story problem for this answer: "Morgan caught four turkeys." Six word problems.
  • Math problems to figure out which teams won their games, reading a graph; plus designing a superbowl commercial and a general knowledge crossword puzzle.
  • "Here is a table of what Jenny planted in the new flower garden. Read the table and answer the questions."
  • "Cowboy Tom helped at a roundup. He earned $1.50 for every cow he caught. The first week, he caught 99 cows. The second week he caught 273. How many did he catch altogether?" Five addition problems.
  • "Cowboy Tom worked from seven in the morning until three in the afternoon yesterday building two miles of fence. He was paid $48. What was his hourly wage?"
  • "It takes 55% less water to make recycled paper than normal paper... How much water would the same factory use to make the same amount of normal paper?" Five word problems with an environmental theme.
  • "There are two boys in every row on Bruce’s bus. How many boys are there in two rows?" Five school-themed math problems using skip counting.
  • "Bud is helping his mother bake an apple pie for Thanksgiving dinner. He peels the apples. It takes him two minutes to peel an apple. How long does it take him to peel seven apples?" Five Thanksgiving-themed multiplication word problems.
  • "Rebecca is going skiing with her family. It is a seventy-mile drive to the mountain where they ski. They have driven forty miles so far. How far is it to the mountain now?" Five winter-themed subtraction word problems.
  • Answers to the word problems from sets A-U, grouped by page.