# The Craft of Word Problems

## Problem Solving Through Communication

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## Problems Written by Students

- 1. Stacy had to call her Mom an hour after she came home from school. Her Mom gets off work 5 hours after Stacy gets home from school. If Stacy’s Mom gets off at 8:30 p.m., then what time does Stacy get home from school?
- 2. Mark has 5 books in his backpack. Ruth has two more than Mark but one less than Rosie. How many books do Ruth and Rosie each have? How many books are there all together?
- 3. Mr. Finney’s class was selling lemonade. If the lemonade costs 25¢ (a quarter) and twenty-two people bought lemonade, how much money did they take in?
- 4. We have twenty-six people in our class. Half of the class went home sick. How many people are in the classroom?
- 5. Michelle’s Mom baked 3 cakes for the bake sale. If Martha’s Mom made two times as many cakes, how many cakes did Martha’s Mom make? How many cakes are there all together?
- 6. I went to a sports store with $90.00 to spend. A jersey costs $30.00 and a pair of NBA sneakers costs $55.00. How much change do I have left over?
- 7. I went shopping in the clothing store, and the sales tax was 10%. I had $40.00 and bought a shirt for $5.00 and a pair of jeans for $10.00. What was the total for all of the clothes?
- 8. Mr. K has 900 tickets for graduation and there are 180 8th graders and each one has to have 4 tickets. How many tickets will be left over?
- 9. There is a sale on K-Swiss shoes. The regular price is $80.00 and they go on sale for 20% off. How much money will you save?
- 10. Mrs. Bryant has 99 Math books and she gave out 1/3 of them. How many books does she have left?
- 11. In Tonya’s drill team, she had 50 people to begin with. 10 people dropped out! How many people are left?
- 12. Caleb Jr. had 2 apples, 1 orange, and a bottle of grape juice. He gave half of the apple to Mike, half of the juice to Tim, the orange to Melissa, and the other half of the apple to James. What was left for Caleb Jr.?
- 13. 20 kids are in a club. If they split up into 4 equal groups to do a project, how many kids are in each group?
- 14. Mark had $5.00. He lost $2.00 when he was playing. How much does he have left?
- 15. LaToya bought 20 pieces of gum and they each cost 5¢. If she gave the cashier a dollar ($1.00), how much change will she get back?
- 16. Julie went to the mall with $20.00 of allowance. She was looking at a prom dress that cost $115.00. If she gets $20.00 a week, how many weeks does she have to wait until she has enough?
- 17. Troy was looking at some sneakers at the mall. The store had a sale on sneakers for 50% off. If the regular price is $69.99, how much will he pay with the 50% off?
- 18. Karen had 7 pencils and lost 3. Kiyana had 14 pencils and gave Karen a fair amount so they can have the same number of pencils. How many pencils did Kiyana give Karen? And what amount do they have?
- 19. Cameron has 2 packs of cookies with 4 cookies in each pack. If Cameron has 4 friends including himself, how many cookies will each friend get?
- 20. There was a single foul line. If Nate was behind Kevin, and Kevin was behind Kiyana, then Kiyana was behind Bianca, who was third in line?
- 21. Nate had $25.00 and bought $11.50 worth of candy, how much money does he have left?
- 22. We are having a pizza party for my sleepover. If there were 9 friends including myself and 15 pieces of pizza, how many slices did each person get?
- 23. The market around the corner sells apples and tangerines for 49¢ each. If Tanya wanted to get $10.00 worth of fruit, how many would she purchase?
- 24. My Mom baked 47 oatmeal raisin cookies. I ate 7, my Dad ate 5, and my 3 brothers ate 10 each. How many oatmeal cookies were left?
- 25. Homeroom 213 took a math test. 25 students were there. If 13 out of 100 got good test scores, what percent is that?
- 26. Robert went to Jimmy’s Army Navy Store. Robert wanted to get a jersey for $30.00 and a pair of jeans for $15.99. Robert gave the clerk a $50.00 bill. How much change will Robert get back?
- 27. Toby went to Staples to get two packs of paper. Each pack costs $2.50. Toby only had $1.35. How much more money did Toby need?
- 28. There were 32 students at the pizza party. We ordered 8 large pizzas with 8 slices in each pie. How many slices will each student eat?