These “mad lib” worksheets are instant math motivators! Each hilarious fill-in story gives kids a fun way to practice solving word problems and build automaticity in addition and subtraction. Skill topics correlate to the NCTM standards and include single-digit addition and subtraction, double-digit addition and subtraction with and without regrouping, multi-step problems, and addition and subtraction with large numbers. Perfect for partner and small-group learning, day starters, or homework.
Have students pair up. Make copies of a fill-in story and distribute to one student in each pair. These students are the Readers. Without revealing the title (or any parts) of the story, Readers ask their partners for the missing words in order (“name of a girl,” “noun,” “double-digit number,” and so on) and fill in the appropriate blanks with their partners’ responses. When all of the blanks are filled in, the Reader reads the completed story. The resulting silly story now contains a math word problem! Partners solve the problem (together or independently), sharing strategies and checking their answers.