A library of word problem worksheets for Preschool through High School students.

Word problems are usually one of the most difficult tasks for students. They are interdisciplinary problems that require good reading skills, solid math identification skills, and organization skills. Students first need to identify what is being asked of them before they can begin to even understand where to begin. Many students approach math by memorizing math facts. Those children have a tough time identifying math concepts or specifically phrases. It is always important for students to look for the phrases that indicate what operation or concept that needs to be used to solve this problem. Students that have a short attention span or difficulty paying attention to detail usually struggle here. It is very helpful to breakdown the individual questions.

Even though you will find a wide variety of problem types, the same basic strategy to solving these problems applies and works well. The first step is to read the problem at least twice and on the second pass, underline any words that may indicate a math operation. Words such as: gain, decrease, total, raised are the types of words that we are looking for. The words almost always are verbs within the sentences that they are located. The next step is to write a math expression or equation to model what is set forth in the sentence. Make sure to use different symbols to model each variable and check that it matches the sentence. The last step is to either solve the equation or input the values indicated in the sentence into your equation. You will find just about every type of problem and situation you could dream up on the worksheets that you will find as you scroll down. We have word problems ranging from the very simple task of operations to advance math based problem types.

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Word Problems Worksheet Categories

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Addition Word Problems

The common words we are looking for to indicate this operation are: sum, both, more, combined, and together.

Algebra Based

Most of these problems will require to write an equation to model the situation and then substitute a value into the equation to solve it.

Basic Word Problems

This is where we introduce the concept of these to kids.

Consecutive Integers

You will commonly find these problem types when you are starting to work on statistics and probability. They make for nice riddles.

Decimals

Every problem here leads to values that include decimal points. You will work many values of currency.

Division Word Problems

In most cases you will need to read into the context of the problem to identify this operation taken place.

Elementary Word Problems

These problems follow a basic rhythm that is meant to increase student success.

Exponential Word Problems

These are slightly more complex problems that exhibit large levels of growth or decay.

Fractions

These approach many different situations and are more straight forward than you would think.

Geometry Word Problems

Of course, there are a large number of geometric figures running in on this.

High School Word Problems

These make really good practice for the math SAT portion.

Holiday Word Problems

Everything is related to a wide range of nationally celebrated holidays.

Integers

In most cases you will be asked to identify or create an integer based on your situation.

Interest

Financial math is important as you get older. We show you how to calculate how you owe or are owed with these problems.

Kindergarten Word Problems

We start them off young with these story problems. We try to make each problem fun and lively for students.

Logarithms

This line of questioning holds a firm grasp in finance-based problems.

Measurement

If you are a contractor or home builder, these are the problem you will see every day at work.

Middle School Word Problems

We help students learn to lean into these problems and make them dance.

Mixed Addition and Subtraction

We offer a series of questions that can go in either direction based solely on the terms that are present in the sentences.

Money and Currency

These problems include currency to some extent.

Multiplication

Common terms and phrases that give this operation away in a sentence include: out of, equal pieces, split, and average.

Negative Number Word Problems

This is where negative numbers and integer operations become so important.

Percents and Percentage

This is a really cool series that our authors have put together for you. You will see!

Perimeter and Area

We show you how to tackle unequal or non-uniform geometric shapes by breaking them into pieces.

Polynomial Word Problems

You will be breaking down expressions and work to make sense of them.

Probability

We continually work on measuring the likelihood of an event occurring.

Proportions

These are very relevant to describe and understand speed and unit rates.

Pythagorean Theorem Word Problems

Yes, even triangles get some love from us in this section.

Ratios

This brings us to the age-old word problem: A Train leaves from New Mexico and another from Connecticut, where will they meet? Something along those lines, I may be a bit rusty.

Scale Drawings

This is how they make maps and blueprints. This is also how you learn to interpret them.

Subtraction

The common words we are looking for to indicate this operation are: left over, difference, left, fewer, and reduced.

Sum Based Word Problems

Similar to addition, just a form that is concentrated in one area.

Time

We will explore gaps in time and learn to calculate many different measures with it.

Trigonometry

While these seem to be rooted in theoretical math, there is a wide range of applications of these skills in many aspects of engineering.

Volume Word Problems

You will get creative with different ways to find out how area something takes up.