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Hands-On Equations Introductory Verbal Problems Workbook

The workbook contains more than 80 verbal problems, presented in order of difficulty. A solution section is included. 

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This introductory verbal problems workbook is intended as the student's first introduction to the algebraic solution of verbal problems. It is intended for students in grades 3 to 5 who have completed Level 1 of Hands-On Equations, as well as for older students who need additional support to succeed with verbal problems. Click here to see sample pages. to see sample pages.

Sample problems are shown below.

  • #4. Tom had five bags of marbles. Each bag contained the same number of marbles. If he had 40 marbles in total, how many marbles where in each bag?
  • #22. Four times a number gives the same result as three times the same number increased by 9. Find the number.
  • #46. Jim said, "If you take my age, double it, add 10, and then double it again, you get 52." Can you find Jim's age?
  • #65. The length of a rectangle is 5 units more than its width. If the perimeter of the rectangle is 50, how long is each side?
  • #77. A red toy scooter moves at a constant speed of 6 feet per second for 4 seconds. How much farther does it need to travel in order for it to go a total of 38 feet?

More advanced Level I verbal problems, as well as Level II and III verbal problems, may be found in the Hands-On Equations Verbal Problems Book.