Back to School Math Differentiated Word Problems: Grade 3-5

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It's back to school time and you recognize the importance of giving students quality problem solving activities from the very first day of school. If you realize that you need to infuse more challenging word problems into your teaching, math workshop, or guided math groups to start your year, check out these low ink, ready to print word problems to help!

This set of 20 mixed operations word problems (includes all 4 operations as well as money and other CCSS related topics) reflects the Common Core and other sets of challenging standards for grades 3, 4, and 5 and all have a "school" or "back to school" theme. Problems begin at an end of year third grade level and move through 4th and 5th grade level expectations.

Problems are included in THREE formats:

• *with multiple copies on a page to be cut out and glued into a math journal

• *on reproducible pages to use as practice sheets (4 problems per page)

• *and on full sheet pages that give work space for one problem, a place for students to write matching equations, and a lined area for students to explain their work—an important part of the CCSS!.

Answers are included as is are three rubrics to use to help in scoring the Standards for Mathematical Practice!

All of these problems have "EXTRA" parts to make differentiation easy--so you really have 40 problems!

Why did I write these?

Over the years I have noticed that students tend to look for routine in math class. If it’s a division unit, they will divide any two numbers they find! If it’s a subtraction unit, they try to regroup everything!

For that reason, I try hard to sprinkle in a variety of problems all year that require students to think and apply what they have learned—perhaps draw a picture or make a table to help . . . but, most importantly, to THINK about math. I hope you find these useful!

I hope you find uses for all three versions of the problems…perhaps using a page or two from each as you see fit. You can use this to teach a mini unit on multi-step problems or simply use them throughout the year to improve problem solving!

These would be a great way to get students into problem solving and the Standards for Mathematical Practice from the very first day of school!

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Interested in these same problems in a "Google"/digital format?

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Looking for other "back to school" activities? Check these out!

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Want to see some other word problem resources? Here is just a sampling of the many resources in my store!

Multi-Step Word Problems for Grades 3/4

Word Problem Bundled Set for Grades 4/5

Word Problem Bundled Set for Grades 3/4

Seasonal Word Problem bundle (individual sets also available)

"Amazing Facts" Task Card Bundle (individual sets also available)

CGI Word Problem Bundle (individual sets also available)

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