Math Word Problems For 3rd Grade

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The math worksheets on this section of the site deal with simple word problems appropriate for primary grades.

The simple addition word problems can be introduced very early, in first or second grade depending on student aptitude.

If you've been working as Troop Cookie Mom (or Dad!

) you'll know what kind of math we've been practicing...

Follow those worksheets up with the subtraction word problems once subtraction concept are covered, and then proceed with multiplication and division word problems in the same fashion.

Word problems are often a source of anxiety for students because we tend to introduce math operations in the abstract.

For example, phrases like 'combined,' 'total,' 'together' or 'sum' are very often signals that the problem is going to involve addition.

Subtraction word problems very often use words such as 'difference,' 'less,' or 'decrease' in their wording.

As they progress, you'll also find a mix of operations that require students to figure out which type of story problem they need to solve.

And if you need help, check out word problem tricks at the bottom of this page!


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