In these free math worksheets, students learn to solve addition & subtraction word problems.
There are two sets of addition & subtraction word problems worksheets:
Word Problems Worksheets (one-step)
Word Problems Worksheets (two-step)
How to solve addition & subtraction word problems?
Solving addition and subtraction word problems involves breaking down the problem, identifying the key information, and using appropriate mathematical operations to find the solution.
Distinguishing between addition and subtraction word problems involves understanding the context of the problem and identifying key phrases or clues that indicate which operation is required. Here are some tips to help you differentiate between addition and subtraction word problems:
Addition Word Problems:
Example: Sally has 5 apples, and her friend gives her 3 more apples. How many apples does Sally have in all?
Example: There are 2 baskets of apples. The first basket has 8 apples, and the second basket has 6 apples. How many apples are there in total?
Example: Jack has 10 toy cars, and Sarah has 7 toy cars. How many toy cars do they have together?
Subtraction Word Problems:
Example: There are 15 candies, and John eats 8 of them. How many candies are left?
Example: Peter has 12 marbles, and Paul has 5 less marbles than Peter. How many marbles does Paul have?
Example: Sarah had 18 balloons, but 9 of them flew away. How many balloons does she have left?
Pay attention to keywords that indicate addition or subtraction. Words like “add,” “plus,” “sum,” “total” often suggest addition, while words like “subtract,” “difference,” “how many more,” “remaining” suggest subtraction.
Consider the overall context of the problem. If the problem involves combining quantities or finding a total, it’s likely an addition problem. If the problem involves removing or comparing quantities, it’s likely a subtraction problem.
By carefully reading the word problem and recognizing these clues, you can determine whether the problem requires addition or subtraction. Practice with a variety of problems to strengthen your skills in distinguishing between the two operations.
Have a look at this video if you need to review how to solve addition or subtraction word problems.
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