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Trying to get students to solve word problems can be a challenge. Why not make it more motivating by using theme park topics. This packet contains 5 theme park related two-step (multi-step) word problem worksheets for GRADE 3 (and can be used for remedial instruction in GRADES 4-5).
The focus is mainly on addition and subtraction with regrouping, with a few problems incorporating multiplication and doubling concepts. An answer key and 3rd grade Common Core Standard is provided. These can be used in math centers, as general practice, or even as formative assessments. Here's what's included:
Wait Time Word Problems
Students solve three two-step word problems and then are encouraged to write their own using an equation provided. All word problems relate to waiting in line at theme parks.
Theme Park Train Problems
Students solve three problems relating to a theme park train. Here's one of the more challenging examples:
A theme park train is going slow at miles per hour. To stay on schedule, it needs to travel a total of miles every hours. How many total miles will the train be off schedule if it continues to go slow?
When finished solving, students can write their own word problem inside a train.
Partner Problem Solving
Students are given an opportunity to work in pairs to solve 4 two-step word problems. Then they answer questions about whether their answers matched or not.
Mouse Ears Word Problems
Why not add some creativity to problem solving. Students are provided 2 mouse ear diagrams. They write a problem in the first mouse ears based on one of three topics listed: zany rides, funny shows, or silly characters. Then a friend solves it in the second set of ears, writing equations inside the ears.
"Around the Parks" Word Problems
Students solve problems relating to a specific Orlando theme park. Then they can create one of their own about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. One example on this page:
There were people who entered The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror building one day. of them were workers. If people decided to chicken out at the last minute, how many guests rode the attraction that day?