# First Grade Math: Word Problems

When first-grade students begin to learn math, teachers often use word problems and real-life examples to help students understand the complex language of mathematics. This establishes a foundation for higher education that the students will continue for at least the next 11 years.

By the time they finish the first grade, students are expected to know the basics of counting and number patterns, subtraction and addition, comparing and estimation, basic place values like tens and ones, data and graphs, fractions, two and three-dimensional shapes, and time and money logistics.

The following printable PDFs will help teachers better prepare students to grasp these core concepts for mathematics. Read on to learn more about how word problems help children to attain these goals before completing first grade.

## Using Printable Worksheets as Teaching Tools

Print the PDF: Word Problem Worksheet 1

This printable PDF provides a set of word problems that can test your student's knowledge of arithmetic problems. It also offers a handy number line on the bottom that students can use to help with their work!

## How Word Problems Help First Graders Learn Math

Print the PDF: Word Problem Worksheet 2

Word problems like those found in this second printable PDF help students grasp the context surrounding why we need and use mathematics in everyday life, so it's essential that teachers ensure that their students understand this context and don't just arrive at an answer based on the math involved.

It breaks down to students understanding the practical application of math. If instead of asking students a question and a series of numbers that need to be solved, a teacher proposes a situation like "Sally has candy to share," students will understand the issue at hand is that she wants to divide them evenly and the solution provides a means to do that.

In this way, students can comprehend the implications of the math and the information they need to know to find the answer: how much candy does Sally have, how many people is she sharing with, and does she want to put any aside for later?

Developing these critical thinking skills as they relate to mathematics are essential for students to continue to study the subject in higher grades.