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

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3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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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!

NOW WITH DIGITAL ACCESS!

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 FOUR 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)

  • 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!

  • digital slides!

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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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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Model with mathematics. Mathematically proficient students can apply the mathematics they know to solve problems arising in everyday life, society, and the workplace. In early grades, this might be as simple as writing an addition equation to describe a situation. In middle grades, a student might apply proportional reasoning to plan a school event or analyze a problem in the community. By high school, a student might use geometry to solve a design problem or use a function to describe how one quantity of interest depends on another. Mathematically proficient students who can apply what they know are comfortable making assumptions and approximations to simplify a complicated situation, realizing that these may need revision later. They are able to identify important quantities in a practical situation and map their relationships using such tools as diagrams, two-way tables, graphs, flowcharts and formulas. They can analyze those relationships mathematically to draw conclusions. They routinely interpret their mathematical results in the context of the situation and reflect on whether the results make sense, possibly improving the model if it has not served its purpose.
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.
Solve multistep word problems posed with whole numbers and having whole-number answers using the four operations, including problems in which remainders must be interpreted. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding.
Multiply a whole number of up to four digits by a one-digit whole number, and multiply two two-digit numbers, using strategies based on place value and the properties of operations. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.
Fluently add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.

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