Here are some examples of multiplication word problems that can be solved in two steps. We will illustrate how block diagrams or thinking blocks can be used to help you to visualize the multiplication word problems in terms of the information given and the data that needs to be found. Block diagrams are used in Singapore Math.

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* Example:*

A jacket costs 3 times as much as a pair of shoes. If the pair of shoes costs $56, what is the total cost of the jacket and the pair of shoes?

*Solution: *

**Step 1: **Find the cost of the jacket.

56 × 3 = 168

The jacket costs $168

**Step 2:** Find the total cost of the jacket and shoes.

168 + 56 = 224

The total cost of the jacket and shoes is $224

*Example: *

Betty needs 2245g of sugar to bake some cookies. She has 4 packets of sugar. The mass of each packet of sugar is 500g. How much more sugar does she need?

*Solution: *

**Step 1:** Find the total mass of the 4 packets of sugar.

500 × 4 = 2000

**Step 2:** Find how much more sugar she needs.

2245 – 2000 = 245

She needs 245g more sugar.

**Example:**

Susan has 400 sheets of paper. She gives 5 sheets of paper to every student in a class. There are 62 students in the class. How many sheets of paper has she left?

*Solution: *

**Step 1:** Find the number of sheets of paper that she gave out.

62 × 5 = 310

She gave out 310 sheets of paper.

**Step 2:** Find the number of sheets of paper she has left.

400 – 310 = 90

She has 90 sheets of paper left.

Sam bought 5 sets of phone cards. Jane bought 2 more sets than Sam. If there were 5 cards in a set, how many phone cards did Jane buy?

The second graders collect 65 books for the book drive. They put some of the books in boxes and have 25 books left to pack. The third graders have 4 times as many books in boxes. There are none left to pack. How many books do the third graders collect?

There are 27 slassrooms at Pleasant Elementary School. Each class has 23 students in it. What is the total student population at this school?

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