These “mad lib” worksheets are instant math motivators! Each hilarious fill-in story gives kids a fun way to practice solving word problems and lays a foundation for more complex algebraic concepts later on. Skill topics correlate with the NCTM standards and include repeating and growing patterns, missing addends, using variables, expressions, and functions. Perfect for partner and small-group learning, day starters, or homework.
Choose a story and let students take turns supplying words or numbers to fill in the blanks (again, just read the fill-in prompts in order, but do not reveal the story at this point). Fill in the blanks, and when the story is complete, read it to the class. Have students take notes on the numbers in the story and the problem they need to solve. Students can work together as a class, with a partner, or independently to solve the problem. As a follow-up, let students share answers and discuss solution strategies.