These “mad lib”-style worksheets are instant math motivators! Each hilarious fill-in story gives kids a fun way to practice solving word problems. Skill topics correlate to the NCTM standards and include one-, two-, three, and four-digit multiplication and division; multiplication with landmark numbers such as 10 and 100; multiplication with money, decimals, and fractions; division with and without remainders; and division with money and simple fractions. 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 itself, Readers ask their partners for the missing words and numbers in order (“plural noun,” “adjective,” “single-digit number greater than 1,” and so on) and fill in the appropriate blanks with their partner’s responses. When all 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.