Word Problems Detective Task Cards FREEBIE Math Multi-Step Stories with Audio

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Rachel Lynette
Grade Levels
3rd - 6th, Homeschool
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8 Task Cards + Digital Versions
Rachel Lynette
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  1. If word problems are something your students struggle with, then these task cards are the perfect way to get in more meaningful practice!This bundle includes 2 resources:Word Problem Detective: Beginner Set: Dig deep with these 18 math word problems! There are 4 one-step and/or two-step problems for
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Dig deep with these 8 math word problems! There are 4 one-step and/or two-step problems for each story, so students must learn to read carefully and think hard about what the question is actually asking.



  • 8 Task Cards (prints 2 to a page)
    • Black-line
    • Color
  • Recording Sheets
  • Answer Keys


  • Google Slides
  • Easel Activity


  • Digital or Print
  • A “Steps for Solving Word Problem Detective Task Cards” Card
  • Audio Support
  • Multiple versions of the recording sheet included

Great for 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade! 


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NOTE: This resource uses American English and is not editable. 

Each of these 8 half-page cards features a story with a lot of

information and numbers. There are also four problems for each story.

Students must read carefully to successfully select the information

they need to solve each problem.

Cards 1-4 are the beginner cards. Many of the problems can be solved

mentally once the student has determined which information is relevant.

Cards 5-8 are advanced. The problems on these cards are all multi-step and may be fairly complicated.

Teacher Tip

Here’s what teachers are saying:

✏️ "Your task card materials are all wonderful and these multistep-story problems live up to their expectations! My students have to go back and reread the relevant parts in order to solve the questions. When they work in pairs, I notice them quoting the story lines that support their thinking and help them come up with an answer!" -Lenore S.

✏️ "I have been using this with my RTI group practicing our word problems strategies, they use the recording sheet and highlight each letter with the information in the story problem to help them solve it. It has helped them understand that not all information or numbers are relevant in a problem." -Ashley M.

✏️ "These problems truly helped my children become more proficient in word problems. They are difficult but not too difficult for them to solve on their own. Great word problems to teach children to write down their steps! Thank you!" -Tanya L.



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About the Author

Rachel Lynette is a published author of over 120 nonfiction books for children on a variety of subjects, as well as several teacher resource books. She has written for publishers such as Harcourt, Thompson-Gale, Rosen, Children’s Press, Evan-Moor, Kagan, and several others. This resource reflects more than a decade of professional writing experience.

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This resource was created by Rachel Lynette and Cassi Noack for Minds in Bloom INC., all rights reserved. It may be used by the original purchaser for single class use only. Teachers may distribute this product in email, through google classroom or over the Internet to their students (and parents) as long as the site is password protected. In other words, you may distribute it to your own students, but may not put it on the Internet where it could be publicly found and downloaded. 

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This product is happily brought to you by Rachel Lynette and Cassi Noack of Minds in Bloom

SKU: 1694393

Total Pages
8 Task Cards + Digital Versions
Answer Key
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