Solving Number Puzzles with Words: Lesson for Kids


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Using these steps, answer the word puzzle below.

  • Read the entire story.
  • Find what the question is asking.
  • Look for the important numbers.
  • If there are clue words, use them to decide if you should add, subtract, multiply, or divide.
  • Answer the question and double-check your work to see if it makes sense.

Tom had 47 pennies, but he lost 17 of them. How many pennies did he have left?

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1. Sarah had 9 dolls, Chloe had 3 dolls, and Keri had 11 dolls. How many dolls did they have all together?


Bill and Mary went to the store. Bill had $10.00 and Mary had $5.00. If Bill spent $3.00 and Mary spent $4.00, how much money did Bill have left?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

How do you solve number puzzles with words? You can practice solving these puzzles by going through the quiz and worksheet.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Take the quiz to see just how much you know about:

  • Picking out important numbers in a number puzzle
  • Understanding what number puzzle problems are asking
  • Answering number puzzles

Skills Practiced

If you go through the quiz and worksheet, you can practice these skills:

  • Reading awareness - make sure that you know the most important information from the lesson on solving number puzzles using words
  • Remembering details - remember what you learned about picking out important numbers and clue words in a puzzle
  • Learning practice - use what you learned to answer different number puzzle practice problems

Additional Learning

Solving Number Puzzles with Words: Lesson for Kids is a lesson you can read or watch to review more about:

  • Clue words
  • Number puzzle examples
  • Tips when solving number puzzles