5th Grade Math | Problem of the Week | Number and Operations

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Problem of the Week is the perfect routine to help students develop problem solving, critical thinking, and communication skills - in about 10 minutes per day! Use these multistep word problems for meaningful morning work or the transition time to your math block!

In this resource, students will have the opportunity to persevere through challenging word problems in the Number and Operations in Base Ten domain. Students engage with a problem for multiple days, give and receive feedback from their peers, and revise their work. You can use the problems to review previously taught material, introduce a new skill or strategy in context or to assess what students have learned. There are enough problems in the resource to pick and choose which ones will work best for your students!

This resource include problems involving place value, decimals, multiplication, division, and exponents.

Included in this helpful resource:

• Daily Directions for Problem of the Week Routine

• 24 Multi-step Word Problems (half sheet option)

• 24 Multi-step Word Problems (paper saving option)

• Mini-Anchor Chart (to help students when they are stuck)

• Detailed Answer Key

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. Mathematically proficient students start by explaining to themselves the meaning of a problem and looking for entry points to its solution. They analyze givens, constraints, relationships, and goals. They make conjectures about the form and meaning of the solution and plan a solution pathway rather than simply jumping into a solution attempt. They consider analogous problems, and try special cases and simpler forms of the original problem in order to gain insight into its solution. They monitor and evaluate their progress and change course if necessary. Older students might, depending on the context of the problem, transform algebraic expressions or change the viewing window on their graphing calculator to get the information they need. Mathematically proficient students can explain correspondences between equations, verbal descriptions, tables, and graphs or draw diagrams of important features and relationships, graph data, and search for regularity or trends. Younger students might rely on using concrete objects or pictures to help conceptualize and solve a problem. Mathematically proficient students check their answers to problems using a different method, and they continually ask themselves, "Does this make sense?" They can understand the approaches of others to solving complex problems and identify correspondences between different approaches.
Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to hundredths, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method and explain the reasoning used.
Find whole-number quotients of whole numbers with up to four-digit dividends and two-digit divisors, using strategies based on place value, the properties of operations, and/or the relationship between multiplication and division. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.
Fluently multiply multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.
Use place value understanding to round decimals to any place.


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