Story Problem Worksheets for 5th Grade Math Students

When kids solve story problems, they practice using abstract math concepts with real-world applications. Story problems also appear on most standardized tests, so at-home practice can give your child an advantage in school.

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Here is a large collection of story problems suitable for 5th graders as well as kids in slightly lower or higher grades. These worksheets provide a detailed scenario followed by several questions. The stories are meant to be interesting to 5th graders, and they usually involve fun, colorful pictures.

One worksheet, for instance, features a girl preparing for a sleepover with her friends. Her mother takes her to the store to buy food for her evening, and there is some mix-up about how many hot dogs and hot dog buns there are. The ensuing questions ask kids to analyze the events described to explain what exactly went wrong.

The stories themselves mirror the text of chapter books for upper-elementary school children, and the questions combine reading comprehension and math. Because these excerpts are long, your child may benefit from taking notes and keeping track of important information on scrap paper. As a result, these worksheets can help your child develop multiple skills at once. However, if you're only looking for math practice, there are also simpler worksheets that include word problems that are much shorter and only ask math-related questions.

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Here are 12 printable word problems for 5th graders. None of the problems can be completed online. Answer keys are provided; however, there aren't any explanations. Six word problems are on each of two worksheets. These questions address common math topics for 5th graders, including multiplication, division and finding averages.

The problems are a few sentences each, so they aren't too complex. Most of the work is in solving the equations, rather than remembering details and parsing through events in a story. You will probably need to give your child scrap paper because your child may have to draw pictures to solve many of these problems.

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