These “mad lib”-style worksheets are instant math motivators! Each hilarious fill-in story gives kids a fun way to practice solving word problems and build an understanding of algebraic concepts. Skill topics correlate to the NCTM standards and include creating and analyzing repeating and growing patterns, representing patterns with drawings and graphs; using variables; expressions; formulas; equations; and properties. Perfect for partner and small-group learning, day starters, or homework.
Choose a story and let students take turns supplying words and numbers to fill in the blanks (again, just read the fill-in prompts in turn, but do not reveal the story at this point). 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. (Or write this information on chart paper for them.) 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 problem-solving strategies.