# Math Word Problem Warm Ups Set 1 - Applications for Middle School & High School

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At the bell, spend 5 minutes on applications of math concepts with these multiple choice warm-ups. How many times have you been asked, “When am I ever going to use this?” Students clearly have difficulty understanding how the math skills they are learning will be used in real world situations. If they are to be successful in mathematics, students need to find relevance and purpose, giving them a reason to persevere. They need to practice applying what they have learned on a regular basis. Math teachers frequently say, “We all use math every day,” but do we give students enough opportunity in our classrooms to see that? Are we limited to one problem on the bottom of a worksheet each day?

This set of 15 problem pages (3 problems per page) with detailed solutions was developed by two certified high school math teachers based on their students’ needs. These practice exercises can be used to review and reinforce concepts as students apply what they have learned. Concepts include ratios & proportion, percent & percent change, unit rate, scale, simple probability, fundamental counting principal, mean & median, writing & solving an equation, and interpreting a graph. Some questions require students to analyze various data displays including stem-and-leaf plots, pictographs, histograms, and pie graphs. These warm-ups are appropriate for students in any 6th or 7th grade math class. These are essential skills for students in any 8th grade or high school math course.

Key features:

• Multiple choice format is based on the design of numerous standardized tests.

• Space is available on problem pages for students to work through each solution.

• Detailed solutions are provided for every question. Step-by-step instructions are written in student-friendly terms. Methods shown reinforce the development of basic mathematical processes.

• Common Core State Standards for Mathematics are listed for each problem.

• Most appropriate Mathematical Practice from the Common Core Standards are noted for each problem (although more than one practice often applies).

This set includes 15 pages of problems with 3 problems per page and their corresponding solutions (45 problems total with solutions). Emphasize applications and enrich your curriculum with this supplement!

These word problems can also be found in other collections of our math warm-ups – Gaining Math Momentum Level 1 & Level 2 Warm Ups (products with the green or purple cover).

Please check out our newest resources including our Quick Reference Guide to Fractions, Quick Reference Guide to Decimals, Quick Reference Guide to Percents, and Integer Operations – Understanding Integers Tutorial & Practice Worksheets as well as our No Calculator Math Mixed Topics Warm Ups.

Look for Level 2 and Level 3 Word Problem Warm-Ups coming soon!

Represent data with plots on the real number line (dot plots, histograms, and box plots).
Calculate and interpret the average rate of change of a function (presented symbolically or as a table) over a specified interval. Estimate the rate of change from a graph.
For a function that models a relationship between two quantities, interpret key features of graphs and tables in terms of the quantities, and sketch graphs showing key features given a verbal description of the relationship.
Explain each step in solving a simple equation as following from the equality of numbers asserted at the previous step, starting from the assumption that the original equation has a solution. Construct a viable argument to justify a solution method.
Use units as a way to understand problems and to guide the solution of multi-step problems; choose and interpret units consistently in formulas; choose and interpret the scale and the origin in graphs and data displays.
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