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Story Problems to Share
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Arthur’s Reading Race: Lesson 1
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D.W. has 5 books. Arthur gives her 5 more. How many books does D.W. have now?
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D.W. had 4 books. Then, Mom bought her some more. Now D.W. has 8 books. How many books did Mom buy D.W.?
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D.W. had some coins in her bank. Then, she found three coins on the sidewalk. Now she has 6 coins. How many coins did D.W. have to start with?
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Arthur had 12 books. He gave 6 to D.W. How many books does Arthur have now?
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Arthur had 14 coins. He spent some coins on ice cream. When he got home, he had 7 coins. How many coins did Arthur spend on ice cream?
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Arthur had some books in his room. Then, he gave D.W. 9 books. Now he has 9 books. How many books did Arthur have to start with?
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On a walk, D.W. read 8 words. Arthur also read 8 words. How many words did they read together?
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D.W. has 15 books. 7 of her books are chapter books. The rest are picture books. How many are picture books?
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Arthur has 16 books. D.W. has 7 books. How many fewer books does D.W. have than Arthur?
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Arthur ate 6 ice cream cones. D.W. ate 2 more ice cream cones than Arthur. How many ice cream cones did D.W. eat?
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Arthur has 5 books about dogs. He has 4 fewer dog books than his teacher. How many books about dogs does Arthur’s teacher have?
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Multiplication
D.W. has 3 shelves. There are 5 books are each shelf. How many books does D.W. have?
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Measurement Division
Arthur is sorting his books onto shelves. He can put 5 books on each shelf. How many shelves will he need for his 20 books?
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Partitive Division
Arthur had 25 books. He put the same number of books on each shelf. There were 5 shelves. How many books did Arthur put on each shelf?
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Frog and Toad All Year: Lesson 2
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Frog raked 2 piles of leaves. Then, he raked 5 more. How many piles of leaves did Frog rake in all?
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There are 6 trees in Toad’s yard. Frog planted some more trees for Toad’s birthday. Now there are 13 trees in Toad’s yard. How many trees did Frog plant?
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Frog had some tools in his garden shed. Then, Toad gave him 4 more tools for his birthday. Now Frog has 10 tools. How many tools did Frog have to start with?
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There are 15 piles of leaves for Frog to rake. He raked 4 of them. How many piles does Frog have left to rake?
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There were 8 piles of leaves in Toad’s yard. Frog raked some of the piles for Toad. Now there are 5 piles in Toad’s yard. How many piles did Frog rake for him?
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Frog needed to rake piles of leaves. Toad raked 4 piles for him. Now Frog has 12 piles left to rake. How many piles were there to start with?
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Frog raked 4 piles of leaves. Toad raked 5 piles of leaves. How many piles of leaves did they rake together?
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Frog raked 7 piles of leaves. Toad also raked some piles of leaves. Together, they raked 14 piles of leaves. How many piles of leaves did Toad rake?
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Frog has 9 rakes. Toad has 7 rakes. How many fewer rakes does Toad have than Frog?
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Frog raked 8 piles of leaves. Toad raked 3 more piles than Frog. How many piles did Toad rake?
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Toad has 5 rakes. He has 3 fewer rakes than Frog. How many rakes does Frog have?
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Multiplication
Frog has 2 boxes of leaves. There are 5 leaves in each box. How many leaves does Frog have?
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Measurement Division
Toad is picking up his leaves. He can put 2 piles of leaves in each bin. How many bins will he need for 8 piles of leaves?
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Partitive Division
Frog is picking up his 6 piles of leaves. He puts them into 2 bins. How many piles went into each bin?
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Henry and Mudge: Lesson 3
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Henry bought Mudge 4 collars. Then, he had to buy 3 more. How many collars did Henry buy for Mudge in all?
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Mudge ate 7 bowls of dog food. Then, he ate some more bowls of dog food. Now he has eaten 12 bowls of dog food. How many bowls did Mudge eat the first time?
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There were some dogs at the pet shop. Then, 7 more dogs came. Now there are 15 dogs at the pet shop. How many dogs were there to begin with?
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Henry is walking dogs for money. There are 7 dogs to walk on Henry’s street. Henry walked 4 of them. How many dogs does Henry have left to walk?
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Henry had 13 dog bones. Mudge ate some of them. Now there are 9 dog bones. How many bones did Mudge eat?
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Henry bought a lot of collars for Mudge. Mudge grew out of 4 collars. There are 15 collars left. How many collars did Henry buy to start with?
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Henry ran 3 miles. Mudge ran 6 miles. How many miles did they run in all?
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Henry looked at 8 dogs. His dad also looked at some dogs. Together, they looked at 16 dogs. How many dogs did Henry’s dad look at?
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Mudge ate 14 bowls of dog food. The dog next door ate 8 bowls of dog food. How many fewer bowls did the dog next door eat?
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Henry threw 6 sticks for Mudge. Mom threw 4 more sticks than Henry. How many sticks did Mom throw?
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Mom bought 3 collars for Mudge. She bought 4 fewer collars than Dad bought. How many collars did Dad buy?
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Multiplication
Henry poured 5 bowls of dog food. There are 4 scoops in each bowl. How many scoops are there in all?
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Measurement Division
Henry is sorting pictures of Mudge. He puts 5 pictures in each box. How many boxes will he need for 15 pictures?
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Partitive Division
Henry is buying 8 bags of dog food. He puts filled 4 shopping carts. How many bags did he put in each shopping cart?
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Dogs: Lesson 4
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Sue had 2 pets. Then, she adopted 4 more pets. How many pets doe s Sue have now?
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Bob’s dog had 8 puppies. They sold some puppies. Now there are 3 puppies left. How many puppies did Bob sell?
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Jim’s dog had some puppies. He gave 8 puppies to his friends. Now he has 5 puppies left. How many puppies did Jim’s dog have to start with?
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Patty is going to throw the Frisbee 10 times for her dog. She has already thrown it 5 times. How many more times will Patty throw the Frisbee?
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Joe had 15 dog bones. His dog ate some of them. Now there are 9 bones. How many bones did Joe’s dog eat?
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Kim bought some balls for her dog. They lost 7 balls at the park. Now there are 4 balls left. How many balls did Kim buy to start with?
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There are 6 dogs in one pen. There are 7 dogs in another pen. How many dogs are there in all?
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Jessie’s dog had 9 puppies. 6 puppies were black and the rest were white. How many puppies were white?
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Amy’s dog had 12 puppies. Mark’s dog had 7 puppies. How many fewer puppies did Mark’s dog have?
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Jeff walked his dog 4 times this week. His mom walked the dog 6 more times than Jeff. How many times did Jeff’s mom walk the dog?
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Polly took her dog to the park 8 times this week. Joe took his dog to the park 2 fewer times than Polly. How many times did Joe take his dog to the park?
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Multiplication
Sara had 3 dogs. Each dog had 5 puppies. How many puppies did Sara have altogether?
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Measurement Division
The vet is putting puppies in cages. He puts 2 puppies in each cage. How many cages will he need for 8 puppies?
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Partitive Division
Emma had 14 scoops of dog food. She put the scoops into 7 bowls. How many scoops did Emma put in each bowl?
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Neighborhood News: Lesson 5
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Joe brought 5 books back to the library. Emma brought 6 books back to the library. How many books did they bring back in all?
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The library was missing 15 books. People brought back some of the books. Now the library is only missing 4 books. How many books were returned?
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The soccer team had won a lot of games. They won 3 games this week. Now they have won 17 games. How many games had they won before this week?
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Amy is going to bake 15 cookies for the bake sale. She has already baked 7 cookies. How many more cookies does Amy need to bake?
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Sally had 18 brownies for sale at the bake sale. People bought some of her brownies. Now she has 8 brownies left. How many brownies did people buy?
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The soccer team got some new shirts. They gave 12 shirts to players. Now there are 3 shirts left. How many shirts did the soccer team get to start?
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Bobby scored 8 goals. Jill scored 6 goals. How many goals did they score in all?
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The library got back 14 books. 9 books were picture books and the rest were chapter books. How many chapter books did the library get back?
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Jim scored 9 goals. Mel scored 4 goals. How many fewer goals did Mel score than Jim?
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Molly returned 8 books. Kevin returned 3 more books than Molly. How many books did Kevin return?
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Patty made 15 cookies for the bake sale. Tim made 4 fewer cookies than Patty. How many cookies did Tim make?
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Multiplication
There are 6 players on the soccer team. Each player scored 2 goals. How many goals did the team score?
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Measurement Division
Sara puts her cookies for the bake sale in boxes. She puts 5 cookies in each box. How many boxes does she need for 25 cookies?
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Partitive Division
Jesse made 12 cakes. He put the cakes into 6 boxes. How many cakes were in each box?
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Mia Hamm: Winners Never Quit: Lesson 6
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5 kids were playing soccer. 7 more joined them. How many kids are playing soccer now?
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The team had 5 points. Then, Mia scored some more goals. Now they have 9 points. How many goals did Mia score?
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Mia’s brothers and sister were playing soccer. Then, 3 friends joined them. Now there are 8 kids playing soccer. How many of Mia’s brothers and sisters are playing?
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Mia had 7 posters. She gave 5 to Lovdy. How many posters does Mia have now?
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9 kids were playing soccer. Then, some went home. Now there are 5 kids playing soccer. How many kids left?
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There were some soccer balls in a tub. Mia took 4 balls. Now there are 8 balls in the tub. How many balls did Mia take?
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There were 5 kids on Mia’s team and 7 kids on Lovdy’s team. How many kids were playing soccer in all?
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Mia has 15 cards. 6 are baseball cards. The rest are basketball cards. How many cards are basketball cards?
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Mia scored 5 goals. Garret scored 14 goals. How many fewer goals did Mia score than Garret?
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Lovdy scored 7 goals. Mia scored 5 more goals than Lovdy. How many goals did Mia score?
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Mia has 6 brothers and sisters. She has 2 fewer brothers and sisters than Joe. How many brothers and sisters does Joe have?
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Multiplication
There were 4 soccer teams. There were 7 kids on each team. How many kids are playing soccer?
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Measurement Division
Mia is putting her medals into boxes. She can put 4 medals in each box. How many boxes will she need for 16 medals?
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Partitive Division
There are 24 kids playing soccer. They are going to make 4 even teams. How many kids will be on each team?
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Apple Story Problems
 John went to the apple orchard. He got 4 Red Delicious apples and 8 Granny Smith apples. How many apples did John get? (PartPart, Whole Unknown)
 Sally picks 6 apples from the tree. She buys another bag with 5 apples in it. How many apples did Sally get? (Join, Result Unknown)
 Jack had 7 apples. Jill had 6 apples. Together they have how many apples?(Join, Result Unknown)
 Mom made an apple pie with some red and yellow apples. She used 4 red apples and 7 yellow apples. How many apples did mom use altogether? (PartPart,Whole Unknown)
 There were 12 apples on the tree. Mary picked 7 apples. How many apples were left on the tree? (Separate, Result Unknown)
 I had a bag of 15 apples. 6 apples fell out on the way home. How many were left in the bag when I got home? (Separate, Result Unknown)
 Grandma was making applesauce. She had 14 apples. She peeled 8 apples. How many apples did she have left over? (Separate, Result Unknown)
 Kate has 9 yellow apples. She also has 6 red apples. How many more yellow apples than red apples does Kate have? ( Compare, Different Unknown)
 Bill has 10 apples. Joe has 2 apples more than Bill. How many apples does Joe have? (Compare, Quantity Unknown)
 Jacki has 12 apples. She has 4 more apples than Bobby. How many apples does Bobby have? (Compare, Referent Unknown)
 To make apple crisp, the cooks used 8 green apples. They used 3 more red apples than green apples. How many red apples did the cooks use? (Compare, Quantity Unknown)
 There are 6 red apples in the basket. There are 2 more red apples than yellow apples. How many yellow apples are there? (Compare, Referent Unknown)
 Dan picked 10 apples from the tree. He picked 5 more apples than Anna. How many apples did Anna pick? (Compare, Quantity Unknown)
 Jason had a bushel basket of 20 apples. He split them among 5 friends. How many did each friend get? (Partitive Division)
 Three friends Bill, Lil, and Phil went apple picking. They each picked 4 apples. when they put them in one basket, how many apples did they gather? (Multiplication)
 Barney and Elmo had 12 apples to share. How many apples did each of them get? (Partitive Division)
 Dawn wants to make apple pies. Each pie needs 5 apples. How many apples does Dawn need to make three pies? (Multiplication)
 Christy had 15 apples. She wants to put the apples in bags. Each bag holds 5 apples. How many bags does she need? (Measurement Division)
Thanksgiving problems:
Mom made _pumpkin pies. She made more on Sunday. Then she had __ in all. How many did she make on Sunday?(join, change unknown)
Tom Turkey has ___tail feathers. Timmy Turkey has ____. How many more does Tom have than Timmy? (comparison)
Grandma had __ small bowls for salad. Each bowl had _ grapes. How many grqpes did she need? (multiplication)
Here are some web sites I have found that have some story problems. You can always change the numbers to suit what you are doing. www.wiseowlfactory.com
http://fun2teachandlearn.googlepages.com/math scroll down to the CGI area and click on "more problem examples"
Linda Monroe, Postville Sp. Ed.
MFL MarMac team created the following problems for winter!
On Monday it snowed 12 inches. On Tuesday it snowed 7 inches. How many more inches did it snow on Monday than Tuesday?
Last night it snowed 10 inches in Monona and 3 inches in McGregor. How much more snow fell in Monona?
One penguin had 5 eggs. Another penguin had 1 egg. How many more did the first penguin have?
Mary's snowman has 3 buttons. Christy's snowman has 8 buttons. How many more buttons does Christy's snowman have?
Mrs. Havlicek's class has 10 mittens hanging on the line. Mrs. Matthew's class has 14 mittens on the line. How many more mittens does Mrs. Matthew's class have?
Giard got 4 inches of snow. Monona got 3 inches more than Giard. How many inches did Monona get?
Today's temperature is 17 degrees. Yesterday the temperature was 12 degrees. How much warmer is it today than yesterday?
The second graders built a snow fort using 8 blocks of snow. The kindergarteners have 4 more blocks in their fort. How many blocks did the kindergarteners use?
There were 7 penguins in the water. On land there were 6 more penguins than in the water. How many more penguins on the land?
The birdfeeder has 4 black birds. The finch feeder had 2 less birds than the birdfeeder. How many birds were at the finch feeder?
February had 13 snowy days. February has 5 more snowy days than January. How many snowy days does January have?
Sam has a collection of 100 cars. He has 10 more cars than Tom. How many cars does Tom have?
Pam has 12 snowflakes. She has 5 more snowflakes than Mary. How many snowflakes does Mary have?
Ann has 6 mittens. She has 2 less mittens than Nan. How many mittens does Nan have?
Tom shoveled 5 sidewalks. He shoveled 2 more than Kim. How many sidewalks did Kim shovel?
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