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Math Word Problems are also called Story Problems or Word and Logic Problems.  These later names may help clarify what they're designed to do and the skills needed to solve them.

Why do math word problems give so many children difficulty?   

Solving a math word problem has two parts:

1. Read the problem and extract the relevant information.

2. Solve the math problem.

Often bright children read fast.  They're great at extracting the gist from information but not so good with the nitty gritty details.   It's that later careful reading that's needed for word problems.  Another issue is that children can go into automatic problem solving mode.  They assume that because they've got a problem set that the same algorithm will work for each problem in that set (after all don't sheets of math problems tend to repeat the same skill and therefore the same solution technique).  With math word problems it is more likely that you'll get a mixed set of problems.  Again slowing down to think it through is important.

The titles below start with story problems, logic problems and word problems integrated with general math for younger children. 

From about Grade 4 children are advanced enough for problem sets made up entirely of word problems.  Further work on logic may be helpful particularly for children who race through problems or who don't stop to check their work.

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Can You Find Me  PreK Can You Find Me PreK

Grade(s): PreK
Pages: 101

Can You Find Me? develops skills in reading readiness, science, math, and social studies using five basic thinking skills: similarities and differences, sequences, classifications, analogies, and logic. Each riddle requires identification of two or more clues to deduce the answer. Activities may be enhanced by teaching additional information about the animals, objects, shapes, letters, and numbers used in the riddles.

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Can You Find Me K-1 Can You Find Me K-1

Grade(s): K-1
Activities: 80
Pages: 101

Can You Find Me? develops skills in reading readiness, science, math, and social studies using five basic thinking skills: similarities and differences, sequences, classifications, analogies, and logic. Each riddle requires identification of two or more clues to deduce the answer. Activities may be enhanced by teaching additional information about the animals, objects, shapes, letters, and numbers used in the riddles.

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Mind Benders Book 2 Mind Benders Book 2

Grade(s): 1-2
Activities: 44
Pages: 48

Deductive reasoning puzzles teach children logic and improve reading comprehension and test scores.

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Word Problems Grade 2 Word Problems Grade 2

Spectrum Word Problems provides clear examples of how the math skills students learn in school apply to everyday life with challenging, multi-step word problems, skills that are essential to proficiency with the Common Core Standards

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Mind Benders Book 3 Mind Benders Book 3

Grade(s): 3-6
Activities: 60
Pages: 48, perforated

Our best-selling deductive thinking puzzles develop logic, reading comprehension, and mental organizational skills that are vital to achieving high grades and top test scores in all subjects. They’re also great for developing real-life, problem-solving skills.

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Word Problems Grade 3 Word Problems Grade 3

Spectrum Word Problems provides clear examples of how the math skills students learn in school apply to everyday life with challenging, multi-step word problems, skills that are essential to proficiency with the Common Core Standards

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Math Word Problems A: Whole Numbers & Fractions Math Word Problems A: Whole Numbers & Fractions

Grade(s): 4-6
Activities: 318
Pages: 90

Math Word Problems
helps students conquer the "dreaded" math word problem by teaching them when and how to apply the math operations they already know to real-life situations. The developmentally sequenced problems in each book are arranged so they cannot be solved by rote processes. Each problem requires its own thinking/problem-solving approach rather than applying the same solution process to entire groups of problems.

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Word Problems Grade 4 Word Problems Grade 4

Spectrum Word Problems provides clear examples of how the math skills students learn in school apply to everyday life with challenging, multi-step word problems, skills that are essential to proficiency with the Common Core Standards

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Math Word Problems B: Decimals & Percents Math Word Problems B: Decimals & Percents

Grade(s): 5-8
Activities: 286
Pages: 130

Math Word Problems helps students conquer the "dreaded" math word problem by teaching them when and how to apply the math operations they already know to real-life situations. The developmentally sequenced problems in each book are arranged so they cannot be solved by rote processes. Each problem requires its own thinking/problem-solving approach rather than applying the same solution process to entire groups of problems.

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Word Problems Grade 5 Word Problems Grade 5

Spectrum Word Problems provides clear examples of how the math skills students learn in school apply to everyday life with challenging, multi-step word problems, skills that are essential to proficiency with the Common Core Standards

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Word Problems Grade 6 Word Problems Grade 6

Spectrum Word Problems provides clear examples of how the math skills students learn in school apply to everyday life with challenging, multi-step word problems, skills that are essential to proficiency with the Common Core Standards

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Mind Benders: Book 5 Mind Benders Book 5

Grade(s): 7-12+
Activities: 26
Pages: 40

Mind Benders®, our best-selling deductive thinking puzzles, develop logic, reading comprehension, and mental organizational skills that are vital to achieving high grades and top test scores in all subjects. They're also great for developing real-life, problem-solving skills.

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Algebra I Word Problems Algebra I Word Problems

Grade(s): 7-12+
Activities: 490
Pages: 264

Algebra Word Problems uses process skills and the gradual introduction of more challenging concepts to give students the confidence and ability to master algebra word problems.

Our Price: $29.99
Word Problems Grade 7 Word Problems Grade 7

Spectrum Word Problems provides clear examples of how the math skills students learn in school apply to everyday life with challenging, multi-step word problems, skills that are essential to proficiency with the Common Core Standards.

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Word Problems Grade 8 Word Problems Grade 8

Spectrum Word Problems provides clear examples of how the math skills students learn in school apply to everyday life with challenging, multi-step word problems, skills that are essential to proficiency with the Common Core Standards.

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