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  • Four addition word problems with a Valentine's Day theme.
  • "Ms. Lawson hid 365 eggs in her yard for an egg hunt. The children found 329 eggs. How many eggs did they NOT find?"
  • This math worksheet helps students practice determining average speed.
  • Thomas had a bag with 30 marbles. If 12 of them are red, what is the probability that he will pull a red one out randomly? Common Core: Grade 6 Statistics and Probability: 6.SP.A.1, 6.SPA.2

  • "Cowboy Jake is afraid of rattlesnakes. He sees a lot of them on the ranch where he lives. In fact, he sees an average of thirty every year. About how many has he seen in the nine years he has lived on the ranch?"
  • "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.
  • "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.
  • "Myron analyzed the caloric content of his Thanksgiving dinner for his science class. His serving of stuffing had 619 calories. His serving of pumpkin pie had 780 calories. His serving of turkey had 282 calories. How many calories were there in his stuffing and turkey combined?"
  • "Renee’s mother has forty-eight pieces of pumpkin pie on the counter in the kitchen on Thanksgiving. The dog eats six while she’s not looking. How many pieces of pie are left?"
  • "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.
  • "Mr. Vogel is a farmer. He raised twenty turkeys this year. He sold eighteen and kept two as pets. He charged sixteen dollars per turkey. What was the total selling price?" Five Thanksgiving-themed multiplication word problems.
  • "Eddie can pick and clean ten pumpkins per hour. How many can he do in four hours? How many in five? How many in six?" Five Thanksgiving-themed skip counting (by tens) word problems.
  • "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.
  • "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?"
  • "Mike's hockey team has scored an average of four goals in each of their last ten games. How many goals have they scored in all?" Five winter-themed multiplication 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.
  • "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.
  • "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.
  • Classroom sign, Problem Solving, illustrated with a girl and thinking bubble.
  • Roll the dice and move across the board by division equations. Laminate for a fun, reusable classroom game.

  • "How many e-mails does he forward in one week altogether?" One page; 12 word problems with contemporary themes.
  • A one page worksheet ranging from simple (increasing ingredients for a larger cake) to difficult (with decimals to the third place).
  • Writing addition and subtraction word problems as numerical equations.
  • "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?"
  • "Mike and his brother Pat are selling pumpkins they grew. If Mike sells nine and Pat sells seven, how many do they sell in all?" Five Thanksgiving-themed addition word problems.
  • "Ed and his sister are helping cook Thanksgiving dinner. They decide to have a potato-peeling contest. Ed peels twenty-two. His sister peels six more than that. How many did she peel?" Five Thanksgiving-themed addition word problems.
  • "Yolanda’s Thanksgiving turkey weighs twenty pounds. Her family eats seventeen pounds at dinner. How many pounds are left?"
  • "For his science class at school, Charles wants to calculate how much his relatives eat on Thanksgiving. He weighs the food before it is served and then he weighs the leftovers. The food weighed 960 ounces. The leftovers weighed 89 ounces. How many ounces of food did his family eat?"
  • "Greg and his friends are making Thanksgiving decorations. Each child makes five. How many do four children make? How many do five make? How many do six make?" Five Thanksgiving-themed skip counting (by fives) word problems.
  • "Look at the clock. What time does Brenda get up on Thanksgiving Day?" Five time-telling questions with clocks.
  • "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.
  • "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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sydney got twenty-one e-mails on Monday, nineteen on Tuesday, thirty-seven on Wednesday, eight on Thursday, and twenty-three on Friday. How many e-mails did she get on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, combined? 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.