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## 2nd Grade Math Word Problems Worksheets

Math word problem worksheets for grade 2.

These word problem worksheets place 2nd grade math concepts in contexts that grade 2 students can relate to.  We provide math word problems for addition, subtraction, multiplication, time, money and fractions.

We encourage students to read and think about the problems carefully, and not just recognize an answer pattern.  We facilitate this by:

• providing a number of mixed word problem worksheets (e.g. subtraction questions mixed in with addition questions)
• sometimes including irrelevant data within word problems so students must understand the context before applying a solution

## Subtraction word problems for grade 2

Simple subtraction (1 and 2 digit numbers)

Subtracting 1-3 digit numbers

## Mixed addition and subtraction word problems

Mixed addition and subtraction within 20

Mixed addition and subtraction (two digits)

More mixed addition and subtraction word problems

## Multiplication word problems

Multiplication within 25

## Measurement word problems

Length word problems

## Time word problems

Time and elapsed time (1/2 hour intervals)

Time and elapsed time (5 minute intervals)

## Money word problems

Counting money (coins and bills)

## Fraction word problems

Understanding fractions

Write and compare fractions from a story

## Mixed word problems

Mix of all above types of grade 2 word problems

Mix of just addition / subtraction / multiplication word problems

Sample Grade 2 Word Problem Worksheet

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## Check Out These 50 Second-Grade Math Word Problems of the Day

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Opening your daily math lesson with a Math Word Problem of the Day is an excellent way to set the stage for learning. We all know that word problems are difficult for young learners to grasp, even when the mathematical operation portion of the problem is basic. Incorporate these second grade math word problems one day at a time at the start of your math block to build confidence, critical thinking skills, and a learning community!

Topics covered include addition, subtraction, multiplication, even/odd, three digit numbers, and time. All you need to do is post one of these second grade math word problems on your whiteboard or projector screen. Then let kids take it from there!

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## 50 Second Grade Math Word Problems

1. trey has 5 squishy toys. he gets 4 more for his birthday. how many squishy toys does he have in all.

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12. enzio reads for 25 minutes on monday. he reads for 33 minutes on tuesday. he reads for 35 minutes on wednesday. how many minutes does he read for in all.

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## 20 Word Problems For 2nd Grade: Develop Their Problem Solving Skills Across Single and Mixed Topics

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Word problems for second grade are an important tool for improving number fluency. The key focus of math in second grade is on ensuring students are becoming more fluent with number facts and the concept of place value. Children are starting to develop more efficient written methods by this stage and are beginning to carry out calculations with increasingly larger whole numbers.

As children progress through school, they are exposed to a wider variety of problem solving questions covering a range of concepts. In second grade, these include addition, subtraction, measurement and data.

It is important that children are regularly exposed to reasoning and problem solving questions, alongside the fluency work each lesson. It is also important to remember that all children need exposure to reasoning and problem solving questions, not just the higher attaining students who finish quickest.

We have put together a collection of 20 word problems, aimed at second grade students.

11 grade 2 addition and subtraction questions to develop reasoning and problem solving skills.

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In second grade, students focus on one-step problems, covering a range of topics. At this stage the majority of word problems students are tackling will have one-step, but they may also start to be introduced to simple two-step word problems. Here is a breakdown of topics that will be covered and expectations in second grade.

Solve number problems and practical problems involving recognizing the place value of each digit of a 3-digit number; comparing and ordering numbers up to 1,000 and identifying, representing and estimating numbers using different representations.

Solve problems, including missing number problems, using number facts, place value and more complex addition and subtraction word problems .

Solve problems involving length; adding and subtracting within money word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies.

Solve-step and two-step questions (For example, ‘How many more?’ and ‘How many fewer’?) using information presented in scaled bar charts, pictograms and tables.

By second grade, children are starting to learn how to use some of the formal written methods of addition and subtraction. It is important that the link between math in school and math in real-life continues to be made. Word problems are a key element in helping students to make this link.

## How to teach problem solving in second grade

When teaching math problems to second grade, it’s important to think of ways to make them fun, engaging and something the children are able to relate to. This might include acting out the problem, using concrete resources and providing visual images, to bring the problems to life.

Children should have plenty of opportunity to talk in pairs, groups and as a whole class, to share their understanding of what is being asked and their strategies for solving the problem. The use of manipulatives is important and all children should have access to a range of math resources when solving problems like this.

Students need to be encouraged to read word problems carefully and to make sure they understand what is being asked, before attempting to tackle the problem. This is where the use of a partner and group discussion can really help children’s understanding. Students then need to think about what they already know and how they can use this to help them answer the question. Where appropriate, students should also be encouraged to draw diagrams and pictures to help them solve the question.

Here is an example:

Mason has 24 glass jars to put flowers in.

He gives 5 to Marcy and drops 2 while carrying them inside the shop.

How many glass jars does Mason have left?

How to solve:

• Mason has a total of 24 glass jars.
• We know he gives Marcy 5 jars, which means we will need to subtract 5 from 4.
• He also dropped 2, also meaning we will need to subtract.
• In second grade, children should be building confidence with adding and subtracting within 20, and should be able to do these calculations in their heads.
• Children who aren’t able to recall quickly could use counters to represent the jars, or draw a bar model to help solve it.

How can this be drawn/represented visually?

We can draw a bar model or counters to represent this problem:

• To calculate how many jars are left, we can either use or draw 24 counters. We can then remove or cross out the 5 jars given to Marcy, and then 2 jars that were broken.
• Using the bar model, we can first subtract 5 from 24, representing the jars given to Marcy, leaving 19 jars. Then subtract 2 more from 19, to represent the two jars broken.
• Mason had 17 glass jars left.

In second grade, students are exposed to a range of addition word problems, including problems involving mental addition and addition of up to 3-digits using formal written methods.

A family driving on holiday travel 146 miles from home to the first service station.

They then drive a further 175 miles to reach their destination.

How far have they traveled altogether?

146 + 175 = 321

Elvie is buying a can of soda from a vending machine. She has put in 2 quarters, 2 dimes, and 3 nickels.

How much is the can of soda?

50¢ + 20¢ + 15¢ = 85¢

Jamie scored 443 on his new online game.

Jared scored 468.

How many points did they score between them?

443 + 468 = 911

At Third Space Learning we often tie word problems into our one-to-one online tuition. With each programme personalized to the needs of each individual student, children are able to develop their problem solving skills, math fluency and grow confidence in math.

## Subtraction word problems for second grade

Subtraction word problems in second grade also need to comprise of a combination of mental calculation questions and those involving formal written subtraction up to 3-digits. Children should also be starting to estimate answers and check their calculations by using the inverse.

Ahmed collects 374 stickers.

He needs 526 stickers to fill his sticker album.

How many more stickers does he need to collect?

526 – 374 = 152

A bag of carrots weigh 360g

A bag of tomatoes weighs 235g.

How much heavier is the bag of carrots?

360 – 235 = 125

Ahmed buys a bag of candy with 200 pieces in it.

Over 2 weeks, he eats 145 pieces. How many pieces of candy does Ahmed have left?

Answer : 55 pieces of candy

200 – 145 or count up from 145 to 200.

## Multi-step word problems in second grade

When children first move into elementary school, word problems are predominantly one-step. As they become more confident they can be exposed to more word problems, requiring a second step or multi-step word problems. When first introducing two-step problems, keep the numbers used in the problems low and manageable to allow students to focus on reasoning over calculations.

Oliver had 3 bags of candies.

Each bag contained 15 candies.

Oliver’s little brother ate 17 pieces of the candy. How many pieces of candy does Oliver have left?

15 + 15 + 15 = 45

45  – 17 = 28

A teacher photocopies 95 math worksheets and 80 English worksheets in one week.

Teachers can print a maximum of 300 worksheets per week.

How many can the teacher print for other subjects?

95 + 80 = 175

300 – 175 = 125

A flower shop picks 19 roses and 25 daisies fresh from their garden.

A customer orders a dozen flowers for a birthday gift.

How many flowers will the flower shop have left?

19 + 25 = 44 flowers (roses and daisies combined)

44 – 12 = 32 flowers

We hope that this collection of word problems for second grade becomes a useful resource in your second grade math classroom.

For more resources, take a look at our library. Third Space Learning offers a wide array of math and word problems resources for other grades. These include worksheets , end of year assessments and a range of math games and activities for students from kindergarten through to 6th grade.

The content in this article was originally written by former Deputy Headteacher Emma Johnson and has since been revised and adapted for US schools by elementary math teacher Christi Kulesza.

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Welcome to the Second Grade Math Problems page. We have a wide selection of longer math problems requiring a wide range of math skills to solve.

These problems are also a great way of developing perseverance and getting children to try different approaches in their math.

On this webpage are our selection of longer, more in-depth problem solving sheets for 2nd grade.

Typically, there is just one problem on each page with maybe a follow up problem in some cases.

The sheets cover a wide range of Math topics, from place value and number fact knowledge to geometry and logic problems.

The following worksheets have been designed to develop a wide range of skills and problem solving techniques such as:

• making lists or tables
• drawing pictures to help solve problems
• working systematically
• logical thinking
• number fact knowledge
• persevering until all solutions have been found

An answer sheet is available for each worksheet provided, where appropriate.

These sheets can be used in many different ways:

• to challenge more able pupils
• to use as a way of developing strategies to explore more in-depth problems, such as making lists or tables
• to use as an extension activity for children who finish early
• to use as part of a Maths challenge board
• Broken Calculator Problem 1

The Broken Calculator problem is a number problem involving using an imaginary broken calculator with only the 2, 3, + and = buttons working to make different totals.

There are 2 versions of the problem sheet, one with a pre-prepared template for filling in, and a second blank version for children to show their own recording system.

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Anyone for an Ice Cream?

Anyone for an Ice Cream is a money activity which involves using silver coins only to make a total of 40¢ . The aim is to find all the possibilities.

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• Tyger's Coin Challenges

Tyger's Coin Challenge is a money activity. The aim is to see whether or not different amounts of money can be made from a number of coins.

• Captain Salamander's Letter

This 2nd grade math problem sheet involves working out which totals of money can be made using only 3¢ and 5¢ stamps. It is a good activity for developing perseverance and logical thinking.

• Balloon Pairs #2

Balloon Pairs is a number adding activity where the aim is to find different totals by adding the balloon numbers together. The totals are then sorted in order of size using a table.

• Balls in the Bucket Challenge #2

This challenge involves working out how different scores were made in the balls-in-the-bucket game. It is a 'finding all possibilities' type of problem.

• Birthday Girl

Birthday Girl is an activity which involves finding the correct ages of all the people in the challeges using the clues that are given.

• Climb the Mountain

This is one of our second grade math problems that involves finding all the possible paths up to the top of the mountain using the routes provided.

• Dilly's Eggs #1

Dilly's eggs is a sharing problem - drawing it out is a good strategy for tackling this problem. The aim is to find the number of eggs Dilly had using the clues provided.

• Odd Square Out

This is a good activity for developing noticing skills and recognising shapes that have been rotated or reflected.

• Parking Lots #2

Parking Lots is an activity where the aim is to find as many combinations as possible for the cars to park. Systematic working could be an area of focus for this activity.

• Pick the Cards #2

Pick the Cards is an adding game where the aim is to use combinations of numbers to reach a given total. This activity is good for adding three or four small numbers together to make a given total.

• Place It Right #2

Place It Right is a place value activity to support children with their place value learning. The aim is to make a range of 3 digit numbers with different properties.

• Share the Treasure #2

Share the Treasure is a logic acitivity where the aim is to share some treasure according to certain criteria.

• Who Chose Which Shape #2

Who Chose Which Shape is a logic problem where children have to work out which salamander chose which shape from the clues given.

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The problems on this page are at a trickier level than those here.

Some of the problems, e.g. Place It Right and Share the Treasure have harder versions on this page.

The puzzles in this section mainly focus on adding and subtracting numbers.

The puzzles start with adding and subtracting to 20, and progress on to harder levels and more complex puzzles.

• develop their adding and subtracting skills;
• develop trial and improvement strategies;
• improve problem solving skills.

All the second grade math problems in this section will help your child to learn their addition and subtraction facts and become more confident with handling numbers mentally.

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They are an excellent way to strengthen mental math muscles, develop visualization strategies, and practice core problem-solving skills.

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