Some of the best problems to work with are those in which the unknown factor is located in either the beginning or the middle of the problem.
For example, instead of saying, "I have 29 balloons and the wind blew eight of them away," and then asking "How many do I have left? " Or, "I had 29 balloons, but the wind blew some away, and I only have 21 now. " As teachers and parents, we're often very good at creating or using word problems in which the unknown value is located at the end of the question.
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Another type of problem that's great for young learners is a two-step problem, which requires them to solve for one unknown before solving for another.
Once young students have mastered basic word problems, they can practice two-step (and three-step) problems to work on more challenging concepts.
These problems are also a great way of developing perseverance and getting children to try different approaches in their math.
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These problems are solved with the help of block diagrams or bar models (Singapore Math).
Here you will find our range of challenging math problem worksheets which are designed to give children the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge to solve a range of longer problems.