Word problems can be perceived as the dreaded bane of your students' existence or they can be a walk in the park. The more practice your students have working with word problems can affect their confidence level in this area.

Take advantage of some Christmas word problem worksheets and guidance that are suitable for second and third-grade students. The questions link to math standards for those grades.

Most of the word problems contained in each of the grades focus on number sense.

Here's some simple math for you. If word problems are applied in real-world scenarios that affect students or in scenarios that children relish, then the likelihood increases that your students will feel like word problems are a stroll in the park.

### Christmas Math

In terms of fun word problem scenarios, you can incorporate Christmas themes in the word problems. Most children enjoy the Christmas season (even children who don't celebrate it). The idea of jolly snowmen and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer delight most all children during the holiday time. Now, pair Christmas-based situations with math word problems to delight young students.

Students at a very young age need practice solving problems when the unknown value is at the beginning, the middle, and the ending of the word problem. Using this strategy will definitely help children become better problem solvers and thinkers.

Before you assign word problems to your students, be sure to make sure that you vary the types of questions that you use. The variety will help create good thinking habits among your students.

### Second Grade Math

For second grade worksheets, you will note that addition and subtraction problems are the most appropriate.

One strategy to help support students in the younger grades to think critically is to consider changing where the unknown value is.

For instance, let's look at the following question, "For Christmas, you got 12 candy canes in your stocking and 7 from the tree. How many candy canes do you have?"

Now, look at this transposition of a word problem, "You wrapped 17 presents and your brother wrapped 8 presents. How many more presents did you wrap?"

### Third Grade Math

For third grade worksheets, your students will likely start to get comfortable with fractions, multiplication, and division. Try incorporating some of these word problems into your students' work.

For example, "Your string of Christmas lights has 12 bulbs on it, but 1/4 of the bulbs don’t work. How many bulbs do you have to buy to replace the ones that don’t work?"

### More About the Value of Word Problems

Word problems take math understanding to the next level. By meshing reading comprehension skills with everything a student has learned in the math area, your students are becoming critical problem solvers.

Real-world scenarios show students why they need to learn math, and how to solve the real-world problems they will encounter. Help connect these dots for your students.

Word problems are an important assessment tool for teachers. If your students are able to comprehend and solve word problems presented, it shows you that your students are grasping the math being taught. Kudos for the guidance you provide. Your hard work is paying off.