Word problems are one of the first ways we see applied math, and also one of the most anxiety producing math challenges many grade school kids face.
This page has a great collection of word problems that provide a gentle introduction to word problems for all four basic math operations.
Word problems are often a source of anxiety for students because we tend to introduce math operations in the abstract.
Students struggle to apply even elementary operations to word problems unless they have been taught consistently to think about math operations in their day to day routines.
These worksheets include only multiplication story problems; see worksheets in the following sections for mixed operations.
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The simple addition word problems can be introduced very early, in first or second grade depending on student aptitude.
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.
And if you need help, check out word problem tricks at the bottom of this page!
This is the first set of word problem worksheets the introduces multiplication.