Multi-Step Word Problems Math Worksheets 2nd and 3rd Grade

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2nd - 3rd, Homeschool
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I loved the steps of these word problems- helped my students that need more visual support when completing multi-step problems.
I loved this resource! I was so easy to print and go. Give the kiddos some extra practice to get ready for testing!
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Great for math centers and morning work, these challenging math word problems for 2nd grade and 3rd grade help students with problem-solving multi-step tasks that mimic real-world applications. Teaches critical thinking and deeper understanding. Easy print and use format.


Kids in grade 2 and grade 3 engage in challenging math stories that each require the solutions to multiple problems. They must use comprehension skills and then apply their math understanding to pull relevant information and use multi-steps in order to arrive at the correct solution. Some skills addressed in the story problems include subtracting, adding, money, base ten, place value, number forms, comparing numbers, reading charts, measurement, metric, time, geometry. Aligned with the common core and other state and national math standards. 2.MD.C.8, 3.MD.A.1, 3.MD.B.3, 2.0A.A.1, 3.0A.D.8.

These no-prep activities are great for whole groups, small groups, individuals, centers, and homework applications. The activities can be used effectively as a math assessment tool. Pages in the packet can be printed either in color or grayscale with good results. These activities are effective as homeschool or summer practice resources. Full answer keys are provided.


For students that need more challenge, try math word problems on 4th and 5th grade levels.

Multi-Step Word Problems Math Worksheets - 4th and 5th Grade

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"I love how many questions are derived form one word problem!!! Great practice for the upcoming state test! Thanks so much!"

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"The resource is well organized and covers a good variety of topics and skills. It is easy to follow and the skills are grouped together were excellently thought through."


"I love how the worksheet was broken up for each step of the word problem. This helped my students to see the different steps that they needed to do. They loved it and so do I!"


Rick Whitehead has been a teacher and author for over 30 years in public and private practice. His background includes teaching in public schools, curriculum development, school program design, private mentoring and author of juvenile fiction. He is devoted to helping children learn and grow by providing high-quality resources that are highly motivating and effective even for the most reluctant learners.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. Example: If you have 2 dimes and 3 pennies, how many cents do you have?
Tell and write time to the nearest minute and measure time intervals in minutes. Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of time intervals in minutes, e.g., by representing the problem on a number line diagram.
Draw a scaled picture graph and a scaled bar graph to represent a data set with several categories. Solve one- and two-step “how many more” and “how many less” problems using information presented in scaled bar graphs. For example, draw a bar graph in which each square in the bar graph might represent 5 pets.
Use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve one- and two-step word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.
Solve two-step word problems using the four operations. 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.


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