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

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Wondering how to help your 5th graders solve word problems? Problem of the Week will help them develop problem solving strategies, critical thinking, and communication skills. In about 10 minutes per day, your students will engage in problem solving activities to build their problem solving skills!

Problem of the Week uses challenging multi step word problems to review 5th grade math skills such as multiplication, division, adding and subtracting decimals, place value relationships and more. This easy to prep routine uses one problem per week and encourages students to persevere, engage with one problem over multiple days, give and receive feedback from their peers, and revise their work. Problem of the Week works perfectly as a daily math warm up.

Here's what you'll get:

  • 24 multi step word problems (covering standards from 5.NBT)
  • Teaching notes for how to implement Problem of the Week step by step
  • Student directions to display daily (digital or printable)
  • Bonus mini anchor chart: “I’m Stuck! Now What?”
  • Detailed answer key for each problem

You and your students will love this problem solving daily routine. You can use the problems to review previously taught material, as a math warm up, to help introduce a new skill or strategy, or to informally assess what students have learned. Your students will gain new confidence in their problem solving abilities and learn how to use their problem solving strategies with ease. 

Prep is quick and easy... Just choose the format you like best (half sheet or paper saving strips), print, and copy and you are ready to go! You can print the daily directions or project them using Google slides.

This resource includes problems to practice:

  1. Place value relationships (5.NBT.A.1)
  2. Using exponents (5.NBT.A.2)
  3. Reading, writing, comparing, and rounding decimals (5.NBT.A.3, 5.NBT.A.4)
  4. Multiplication of whole numbers and decimals (5.NBT.B.5, 5.NBT.B.7)
  5. Division of whole numbers and decimals (5.NBT.B.6, 5.NBT.B.7)
  6. Adding and subtracting decimals (5.NBT.B.7)


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Recognize that in a multi-digit number, a digit in one place represents 10 times as much as it represents in the place to its right and 1/10 of what it represents in the place to its left.
Explain patterns in the number of zeros of the product when multiplying a number by powers of 10, and explain patterns in the placement of the decimal point when a decimal is multiplied or divided by a power of 10. Use whole-number exponents to denote powers of 10.
Read, write, and compare decimals to thousandths.
Read and write decimals to thousandths using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form, e.g., 347.392 = 3 × 100 + 4 × 10 + 7 × 1 + 3 × (1/10) + 9 × (1/100) + 2 × (1/1000).
Compare two decimals to thousandths based on meanings of the digits in each place, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons.


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