# Multi-Step Math Word Problems

In multi-step math word problems, one or more problems have to be solved in order to get the information needed to solve the question being asked. This lesson will provide help and guidance that will help solve these types of problems.

Read the tips and guidance and then work through the two multi-step word problems in this lesson with your children. Try the two worksheets that are listed within the lesson (you will also find them at the bottom of the page.)

## Solving Multi-Step Word Problems

Word problems are fun and challenging to solve because they represent actual situations that happen in our world.

In any word problem, the true challenge is deciding which operation to use. In multi-step word problems, there may be two or more operations, and you must solve them in the correct order to be successful.

Since word problems describe a real situation in detail, the question being asked can get lost in all the information, especially in a multi-step problem.

Before rushing to solve the problem, it is worth your time to slow down and clarify your understanding. Be sure you know what is being asked, what you already know from the problem, and what you need to know in order to solve the question being asked.

 Use a highlighter on written problems to identify words that tell you what you are solving, and give you clues about which operations to choose. Make notes in the margins by these words to help you clarify your understanding of the problem.

### Multi-Step Word Problem: Example #1

Discuss with your children how one danger when solving this type of problem is stopping too soon – after answering only the first part of the problem.

You can tell that there are lots of things to remember with a multi-step word problem, even when the problem itself is relatively easy. But that’s what makes these problems challenging: you get to use both sides of your brain – your logical math skills, and your verbal language skills (working with words). That’s why they are often more fun to do than problems that are just numbers without the details and context that word problems give you. The better you understand how to solve them, the more fun they are to solve.

### Multi-Step Word Problem: Example #2

You might find that this problem is more difficult that the one above.

The first problem we did was relatively simple, while the second was much more complicated. All multi-step problems require you to slow down and think clearly.

Remember: you won’t know if your answer is reasonable if you don’t understand what you are being asked to solve. Take time to highlight and make notes before you solve the problem, and always go back to the original problem when you finish to make sure you really answered the question you were being asked.

### Multi-Step Math Word Problem Worksheets

Click the links below and get your children to try the worksheets that will allow for practice with the multi-step word problems.

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