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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

Addition word problems for grade 2

Simple addition (1-2 digits)

Slightly harder addition (1-3 digits)

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  

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

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2nd Grade Problem of the Day

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!

2nd Grade Math Problems of the Day

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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.

Trey has 5 squishy toys. He gets 4 more for his birthday.

2. Stephanie brings donuts to give out to her classmates on her birthday. She brings in 8 powdered donuts, 8 glazed donuts, and 10 chocolate donuts. How many donuts did she bring in all?

Stephanie brings donuts to give out to her classmates on her birthday.

3. Sara goes to the library. She is allowed to check out 10 books. She chooses 5 picture books and 3 chapter books. How many more books can she choose?

Sara goes to the library. She is allowed to check out 10 books.

4. David plants 8 pineapple seeds, 5 strawberry seeds, and 2 blueberry seeds. How many seeds does he plant in all?

David plants 8 pineapple seeds, 5 strawberry seeds, and 2 blueberry seeds.

5. Paige has 10 crayons. Mike has 6 more crayons than Paige. Jon has 9 crayons. How many crayons do they have in all?

Paige has 10 crayons. Mike has 6 more crayons than Paige. J

6. Jeff has 21 marbles in his collection. Eddie has 39 marbles in his collection. How many marbles do they have in all?

Jeff has 21 marbles in his collection. Eddie has 39 marbles in his collection.

7. Vicki goes to the zoo and sees 8 flamingos. Next, she sees 15 ducks, before seeing 22 ibises. How many birds did she see in all?

Vicki goes to the zoo and sees 8 flamingos. Next, she sees 15 ducks, before seeing 22 ibises. How many birds did she see in all?

8. Joshua sells 26 tickets to the school play. Nina sells 39 tickets to the school play. How many tickets did they sell in all?

Joshua sells 26 tickets to the school play. Nina sells 39 tickets to the school play. How many tickets did they sell in all?

9. The second grade goes on a field trip to the aquarium. There are 7 teachers, 62 girls, and 59 boys. How many people go on the field trip in all?

The second grade goes on a field trip to the aquarium.

10. Some apples are in an apple orchard. 38 apples are picked. Now there are 52 left. How many apples were there to start?

Some apples are in an apple orchard. 38 apples are picked. Now there are 52 left. How many apples were there to start?

11. Blake swam 18 laps on Monday. He swam 22 laps on Tuesday. He swam 27 laps on Wednesday. How many laps did he swim in all?

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.

Enzio reads for 25 minutes on Monday. He reads for 33 minutes on Tuesday. He reads for 35 minutes on Wednesday.

13. Dana has 15 yummy cookies. He eats some of the cookies. Dana has 7 cookies left. How many cookies did Dana eat?

Dana has 15 yummy cookies. He eats some of the cookies. Dana has 7 cookies left. How many cookies did Dana eat?

14. Eric had 12 toy cars. He gave 5 of the cars to his friend, Darren. How many toy cars does he have now?

Eric had 12 toy cars. He gave 5 of the cars to his friend, Darren. How many toy cars does he have now?

15. Carolyn saw 15 beautiful birds in a tree. Some birds flew away. Now there are 4 birds in the tree. How many birds flew away?

Carolyn saw 15 beautiful birds in a tree. Some birds flew away. Now there are 4 birds in the tree.

16. Christina sold 32 boxes of girl scout cookies. Lea sold 44 boxes of girl scout cookies. How many more boxes did Lea sell than Christina?

Christina sold 32 boxes of girl scout cookies. Lea sold 44 boxes of girl scout cookies.

17. Mimi has 23 more crayons than markers. She has 15 markers. How many crayons does she have?

Mimi has 23 more crayons than markers. She has 15 markers. How many crayons does she have?

18. Carrie has 36 pieces of candy. She gives 13 pieces to Tommy. How many pieces of candy does Carrie have left?

Carrie has 36 pieces of candy. She gives 13 pieces to Tommy. How many pieces of candy does Carrie have left?

19. Dahlia has 28 dolls on a shelf. She moves some to her dollhouse. Now 15 dolls are on the shelf. How many did she move to the bed?

Dahlia has 28 dolls on a shelf. She moves some to her dollhouse. Now 15 dolls are on the shelf.

20. Jerry has 12 soccer balls. Bob had 17 soccer balls, but gave 8 of them to Phil. How many tennis balls do Jerry and Bob have now?

Jerry has 12 soccer balls. Bob had 17 soccer balls, but gave 8 of them to Phil. How many tennis balls do Jerry and Bob have now?

21. John has 54 pieces of candy. He eats 7 pieces on Monday. On Tuesday, he eats 11 pieces. On Wednesday, he gives 17 pieces away to friends. How many pieces of candy does he have left?

John has 54 pieces of candy. He eats 7 pieces on Monday. On Tuesday, he eats 11 pieces.

22. Maria has 29 marbles. Sam has 56 marbles. Rachel has 67 marbles. How many more marbles does Rachel have than Ella?

Maria has 29 marbles. Sam has 56 marbles. Rachel has 67 marbles. How many more marbles does Rachel have than Ella?

23. Steven buys 52 strawberries. He eats 12 of them for a snack. He eats 15 of them later that evening for dessert. How many strawberries are left?

Steven buys 52 strawberries. He eats 12 of them for a snack. He eats 15 of them later that evening for dessert.

24. Diana collects stickers. She has 48 stickers in an album. She buys 27 more stickers. She then gives 18 stickers to her friend Judy. How many stickers does she have now?

Diana collects stickers. She has 48 stickers in an album. She buys 27 more stickers.

25. Hunter has 47 baseball cards in his collection. Ryan has 39 cards in his collection. How many more cards does Hunter have?

Hunter has 47 baseball cards in his collection. Ryan has 39 cards in his collection. How many more cards does Hunter have?

26. There are 95 people on a train. 19 people get off at the first stop. 24 people get off at the second stop. How many people are still on the train?

There are 95 people on a train. 19 people get off at the first stop. 24 people get off at the second stop. How many people are still on the train?

27. Daryl loves to collect comic books with superheroes. He has 5 comic books on his desk. He has 3 comic books in his backpack. Does Daryl have an even number or odd number of comic books?

Daryl loves to collect comic books with superheroes. He has 5 comic books on his desk.

28. Kim collects special seashells at the beach. She puts 8 shells in a pail. She puts 7 more shells in a jar. Does Kim have an even or odd number of seashells?

Kim collects special seashells at the beach. She puts 8 shells in a pail. She puts 7 more shells in a jar. Does Kim have an even or odd number of seashells?

29. Leslie plants red peppers in her garden. Her garden has 6 rows with 5 peppers in each row. How many tomatoes are in her garden?

Leslie plants red peppers in her garden. Her garden has 6 rows with 5 peppers in each row. How many tomatoes are in her garden?

30. Marc puts 16 photos in an album. If there are 4 cards in each column, how many columns are there?

Marc puts 16 photos in an album. If there are 4 cards in each column, how many columns are there?

31. Ms. Sanders wanted to treat her class to a pizza party. There are 8 slices of pizza in each pizza pie. If she has 29 students, how many pizza pies does she need to order?

Ms. Sanders wanted to treat her class to a pizza party. There are 8 slices of pizza in each pizza pie.

32. Four friends want to share a pumpkin pie. How could they cut the pie so each friend gets an equal share? Draw a picture to help you show your thinking.

Four friends want to share a pumpkin pie. How could they cut the pie so each friend gets an equal share?

33. Choose a three-digit number. Draw models to show the hundreds, tens, and ones to explain your thinking.

Choose a three-digit number. Draw models to show the hundreds, tens, and ones to explain your thinking.

34. Liam is thinking of a number with three digits. It has 7 hundreds, 4 tens, and 6 ones. What is his number? Draw a model to explain your thinking.

Liam is thinking of a number with three digits. It has 7 hundreds, 4 tens, and 6 ones. What is his number?

35. Juliana has 257 stickers in her collection. She wants to explore this number further. First, she draws a model of the number by drawing base ten blocks. Then she writes it out in expanded form. Last, she writes it out in word form. Show how she does all three of these ways to explain 257.

Juliana has 257 stickers in her collection. She wants to explore this number further. First, she draws a model of the number by drawing base ten blocks.

36. Caleb is skip counting. He writes 160, 165, and 170 on a whiteboard. What are the next 5 numbers in his pattern?

Caleb is skip counting. He writes 160, 165, and 170 on a whiteboard. What are the next 5 numbers in his pattern?

37. The Florida Gators Football Team won their last 4 football games. They scored 25 points in the first game, 58 points in the second game, 33 points in the third game, and 77 points in the fourth game. How many points did they score in all?

The Florida Gators Football Team won their last 4 football games.

38. Nolan collects Pokemon cards. He has 402 cards in his collection. He gives 25 cards to his friend Charlotte. He then gives 32 cards to his friend Maria. How many cards does he have left?

Nolan collects Pokemon cards. He has 402 cards in his collection. He gives 25 cards to his friend Charlotte.

39. A school is having a bake sale. Dhomini’s mom brings 82 cupcakes. Amelia’s dad brings 75 cookies. Lorenzo’s mom brings 100 brownies. How many items are at the bake sale in all?

A school is having a bake sale. Dhomini’s mom brings 82 cupcakes. Amelia’s dad brings 75 cookies. Lorenzo’s mom brings 100 brownies. How many items are at the bake sale in all?

40. Kristella is reading a Magic Treehouse Book for her book report. She reads 24 pages on Monday. She reads 39 pages on Tuesday. She reads 37 pages on Wednesday. How many pages does she read in all?

Kristella is reading a Magic Treehouse Book for her book report. She reads 24 pages on Monday. She reads 39 pages on Tuesday. She reads 37 pages on Wednesday.

41. Erica is reading James and the Giant Peach. The book has 144 pages. She reads 30 pages on Monday. She reads 42 pages on Tuesday. How many pages does she have left in the book?

Erica is reading James and the Giant Peach. The book has 144 pages. She reads 30 pages on Monday. She reads 42 pages on Tuesday.

42. Alana and her family are going to Disney World for her birthday. It is a 425 mile drive from her house. Her dad drives 127 miles before they stop for a snack. He drives another 233 miles before they stop for lunch. How many more miles do they have left until they arrive at Disney World?

Alana and her family are going to Disney World for her birthday. It is a 425 mile drive from her house. Her dad drives 127 miles before they stop for a snack.

43. The high school band is having a holiday concert. Peggy sells 75 tickets. Diana sells 101 tickets. Judy sells 135 tickets. How many tickets do they sell in all?

The high school band is having a holiday concert. Peggy sells 75 tickets. Diana sells 101 tickets. Judy sells 135 tickets.

44. Mr. Axelrod’s class is tracking how many picture books they read each month. They read 329 books in March. They read 471 books in April. They read 450 books in May. How many books did they read in all?

Mr. Axelrod’s class is tracking how many picture books they read each month. They read 329 books in March.

45. The museum has 792 visitors over the weekend. 382 people visited the museum on Saturday. How many people visited the museum on Sunday?

The museum has 792 visitors over the weekend. 382 people visited the museum on Saturday. How many people visited the museum on Sunday?

46. Luna sells copies of the school newspaper. There are 500 copies. On Monday, she sold 122 copies. On Tuesday, she sold 198 copies. How many copies are left?

Luna sells copies of the school newspaper. There are 500 copies. On Monday, she sold 122 copies. On Tuesday, she sold 198 copies. How many copies are left?

47. The second grade classes are going on a field trip to a play. Ms. Anastasio’s class has 29 students. Mr. Gordon’s class has 31 students. Mr. Fishman’s class has 33 students. Ms. McConnell’s class has 30 students. How many students go on the field trip in all?

The second grade classes are going on a field trip to a play.

48. Carlos is going to New York City on vacation. His plane leaves the airport at 2:30 p.m. The flight is 3 hours and 30 minutes long. What time does he land in New York City?

Carlos is going to New York City on vacation. His plane leaves the airport at 2:30 p.m. The flight is 3 hours and 30 minutes long. What time does he land in New York City?

49. Juanita is watching the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. She starts the movie at 5 p.m. The movie is 2 hours and 32 minutes long. What time does the movie end?

Juanita is watching the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. She starts the movie at 5 p.m. The movie is 2 hours and 32 minutes long. What time does the movie end?

50. Harry, Ron, and Hermione are on their way to Hogwarts. The train leaves the station in London at 9 a.m. It takes 7 hours to get to Hogwarts. What time do they arrive at Hogwarts?

Harry, Ron, and Hermione are on their way to Hogwarts. The train leaves the station in London at 9 a.m. It takes 7 hours to get to Hogwarts. What time do they arrive at Hogwarts?

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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.

Word Problems Grade 2 Addition and Subtraction

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:

What do you already know?

  • 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:

visual representation of question regarding jars

  • 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. 

Addition word problems for second grade

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.

See also: Mental math second grade

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?

Answer : 321 miles

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?

Answer : 85¢

50¢ + 20¢ + 15¢ = 85¢

Jamie scored 443 on his new online game.

Jared scored 468.

How many points did they score between them?

Answer : 911 points

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.

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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?

Answer : 152 stickers

526 – 374 = 152

 A bag of carrots weigh 360g

A bag of tomatoes weighs 235g.

How much heavier is the bag of carrots?

Answer : 125g

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?

Answer : 9 sweets

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?

Answer : 125 worksheets

 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?

Answer : 32 flowers

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. 

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Second Grade Math Problems

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.

  • No table version
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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.

  • Anyone for an Ice-cream?
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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.

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55 Challenging Word Problems for 2nd Graders

April 12, 2022 //  by  Seda Unlucay

These real-life word problems include multi-step solutions, two and three-digit numbers, and give students plenty of opportunities to plan, solve and check their work. They cover core numeracy skills including addition , subtraction , division, multiplication , comparing, skip counting , and identifying even and odd numbers.

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

1. Henry's toy shop made 15 dolls, 25 toy cars, and 7 kites. How many toys did Henry's toy shop make in all?

2. a farmer had 33 cows. 12 of them ran away. then, 9 of them returned. how many cows does the farmer have now, 3. there are 27 players on the rainbow team and 35 players on the unicorn team. how many more players are on the unicorn team than on the rainbow team, 4. andy is saving up money to buy a bike that costs $42. he has already saved $18. how much more money does he need to buy the bike, 5. cindy is a baker. she baked 12 cakes on monday, 15 cakes on wednesday, and 9 cakes on friday. how many cakes did she bake during the week, 6. emily had 23 pencils. she lost some and now only has 8 left. how many pencils did she lose, 7. today is june 7 and karen's birthday is on june 29. how many more days are left until her birthday, 8. kim picked 24 tulips and her friend picked 17 tulips. how many more tulips did kim pick, 9. your friend gave you 8 crayons and now you have 42. how many crayons did you have before, 10. 13 friends went on a biking trip with two-wheeled bikes. how many wheels were there in all, 11. jane received 39 presenters for her birthday. 15 of them were from her family and the rest were from her friends. how many presents did she receive from her friends , 12. how many sides are on 6 triangles, 13. you baked 4 cakes with 8 slices each. how many slices of cake do you have, 14. jim has 6 quarters, 7 dimes, 4 quarters, and 8 pennies. how much money does he have altogether, 15. sandra read 32 pages of her book at school and read some more pages at home. if she read 74 pages altogether, how many did she read at home, 16. a grocer packed 3 boxes of 5 bananas and 6 boxes of 4 apples. how much fruit did he pack in all, 17. lisa has 7 dolls. jessica has twice as many dolls as lisa. how many dolls do they have altogether, 18. you have 36 candies to share with 4 friends. how many candies will each friend get, 19. john baked 34 cookies but 9 of them were burned. how many cookies did he have left to eat, 20. stacy saw 17 ladybugs, 9 ants, 3 bees, and 12 caterpillars in the park. how many insects did she see in all, 21. mary is allowed to invite 30 guests to her birthday party. she invited 15 classmates and 9 family members. how many more guests can she invite, 22. sam ate 14 cupcakes. james ate 9. paul ate 5 more cupcakes than james. how many cupcakes did they eat in all , 23. ms. smith's class ate 52 slices of pizza during the class party. now there are 15 slices left. how many slices did they eat, 24. jake had 37 t-shirts. he gave 12 shirts away. how many shirts does he have left, 25. there were 38 ducks swimming in a pond. 7 more ducks joined them. then, 9 ducks flew away. how many ducks were left in the pond, 26. lacy read 47 pages of her book. sam read 32 pages of his book. how many more pages did lacy read than sam, 27. jane saw 7 chickens, 6 cows, 2 horses, and 5 goats on the farm. how many legs did she see in all, 28. peter had $28. he bought a backpack for $7 and a pencil for $2. then his mother gave him $5. how much money does he have now, 29. janet completed a bird puzzle with 142 pieces and a dog puzzle with 234 pieces. how many fewer pieces did the bird puzzle have than the dog puzzle, 30. there was a bag full of candy. sam ate 12 candies and bill ate 7 candies. now there are 52 cadies left in the bag. how many candies were in the bag before sam and bill ate some, 31. jenny bought a doll for $7.88. paula bought a doll for $3.25. how much more money did jenny spend on her doll, 32. bob has 27 blue shirts. he has some white shirts. he has 42 shirts altogether. how many white shirts does he have, 33. john is making potato salad for a school picnic. there will be 17 parents, 23 students, and 5 teachers. 9 of them don't like potato salad. how many people do like potato salad , 34. carol's family loves to travel. they travel 53 days out of the year. how many days do they stay at home, 35. jessica has a project due on may 25. she started the project 12 days before the due date. on what date did she start the project, 36. jason caught 34 butterflies. emily caught 17 butterflies. cassandra caught 54 butterflies. how many more butterflies did cassandra catch than jason, 37. there are 78 toy cars on a shelf. 45 of them are red. how many are not red, 38. amanda sorted 32 books into 4 equal groups. how many books were in each group, 39. a hot dog costs $3. jason has $36. how many hot dogs can he buy, 40. stella bought 9 t-shirts. each t-shirt cost $2. how much money did she spend in all, 41. 7 students wanted to count their fingers. how many fingers did they count in all, 42. jonathan drinks 2 sodas each day. how many sodas does he drink in two weeks, 43. there are 9 birds in 5 cages. how many birds are there in all, 44. mandy went to the store 8 times to buy candy. she bought 3 pieces of candy each time. how many pieces of candy did she buy in all, 45. steve baked 8 pies on monday, 12 pies on wednesday, and 6 pies on friday. did he bake an even or odd number of pies, 46. macy's class planted 14 trees in 3 rows. how many trees did they plant in all, 47. tom had 5 rows of 7 stamps each in his album. he gave 12 stamps to his friend. how many stamps does he have left, 48. anna has 3 quarters, 5 nickels, and 2 pennies. she wants to buy a toy that costs $1.25. does she have enough money, 49. stephanie wants to buy as many dolls as she can. she has $125 dollars. each doll costs $5. how many dolls can she buy, 50. there are 13 sheep, 8 horses, and 6 goats on a farm. how many ears do they have in all, 51. some cookies were in the oven. andy took out 24. now there are 32 left. how many cookies were in the oven, 52. peter has to walk 780 steps to get to school. he walked 208 steps, then took a break, and walked another 321 steps. how many steps does he still have to walk, 53. jim had $42. he bought a kite for $7, a soccer ball for $8, and 3 marbles for $2 each. how much money does he have left , 54. patrick collected 152 seashells. steven collected 345 seashells but lost 51 of them. how many more seashells does steven have than peter, 55. carl walked 3 km on monday, 14 km on thursday, and 23 km on saturday. how many kilometers did he walk in all .

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