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Use the Four Operations to Solve Word Problems

In this worksheet, students will use their knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to answer number problems.

'Use the Four Operations to Solve Word Problems' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 3 Maths worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Number: Multiplication and Division

Curriculum subtopic:   Solve Multiplication/Division Problems

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

In this activity, we will work on word problems using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.


Before starting to solve a word problem, we must check which operation is needed.


Let's take a look at a word problem together. 


Jake has 17 stickers.

Jane has twice as many as Jake.

How many does Jane have?


This question is a multiplication word problem. 

We need to double the number of stickers Jake has, to find out how many Jane has. 

To double a number, we multiply it by 2.


17 × 2 = 34

Jane has 34 stickers. 


Now let's try an example question together.


girl on bus



There are 18 children on a bus.

Three get off and two more get on. Then 10 get off and 4 get on.

How many are left on the bus?



This is a subtraction problem.

18 - 3 + 2 = 15 + 2 = 17

17 - 10 + 4 = 11

11 children are left on the bus.


Now you're ready to try some questions yourself. 


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