Choose Your Math: Two Step Word Problems

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Choose Your Math problems allow children to self-select their own level of difficulty without pre-planned differentiation by the teacher. All students get the same paper, but each student can decide – on a problem-by-problem basis – whether to use “easy” numbers or “hard” numbers.

Student directions:

1. Circle the numbers you want to use.

2. Write the numbers in the blanks. Keep them in the same order – write the first number in the first blank, the second number in the second blank, and the third number in the last blank.

3. Use the space provided to write and/or solve the equations.

For students who find word problems challenging, being able to choose the “easy” numbers often makes the work seem easier, even though they’re still having to figure out whether to add or subtract for each step of the problem! ;)

As teacher, of course, you can also make the “Choose Your Math” decision for your students, and have one of your math groups use the single-digit numbers and another group use the two-digit numbers. (You can even use these pages twice, if you assign students to do the “easy” numbers the first time and the “hard” numbers the second time!)

The five student pages in this packet were originally made for my second graders. You might also find them useful for advanced first grade students or for third or fourth grade students who need extra practice with two-step word problems. Two-step word problems require students to do two mathematical computations to solve each problem. With two-step problems, there are often multiple ways to solve. (My answer keys show one solution for each problem, but your students may approach the problem differently!.)

If your students need more practice solving word problems, check out:

Addition and Subtraction Comparing Word Problems

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Happy Teaching! :) Amanda

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