Thirteen students are still struggling with basic math facts and 3 have trouble reading the word problems at all. Issue #2: Flexible Thinking Many kids are taught to solve word problems methodically, with a prescriptive step-by-step plan using key words that don’t always work.

Plans are great, but not when students use them as a crutch rather than a tool.

We have a range of more challenging word problems on our 4th grade problem solving page.

The problems on this page are at a trickier level than those here. The Rock Race and Share the Treasure have harder versions on this page.

It is a good activity to develop systematic working and the use of lists or tables to solve a problem.

Sally's Fruit Punch is a scaling problem involving changing a recipe for fruit punch for one glass into a recipe for ten glasses.If you are a regular user of our site and appreciate what we do, please consider making a small donation to help us with our costs.Get a free sample copy of our Math Salamanders Dice Games book with each donation!In the challenge, you have to firstly work out the ingredients you need, and then work out the cost of the ingredients.This challenge is great for developing real-life math solving problems involving money and measures.Here you will find a range of printable 3rd grade math puzzles for your child to enjoy.The puzzles will help your child practice and apply their addition, subtraction and multiplication facts as well as developing their thinking and reasoning skills in a fun and engaging way.Good for odd and even practice as well as adding three small numbers together and strategic thinking.We have a range of easier word problems at our 2nd-grade-math-salamanders website.Today’s standardized tests and real-world applications require creative thinking and flexibility with strategies.Issue #3: Differentiation Teachers want students to excel quickly and often push too fast, too soon.

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