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Writing Equations From Word Problems – Differentiated Digital & Printable Worksheets

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: 5

Practice writing equations from word problems with this set of differentiated worksheets.

Writing Equations from Word Problems

We all know that word problems are integral to a student’s math development. From a young age, students are exposed to word problems when learning about addition, subtraction, time, money, etc. Now that your students are working with higher-level math skills, there is an added twist to word problems that may come their way. Not only is it essential for students to know how to solve word problems, but they also have to know how to write equations with variables to represent a word problem. If you are looking for some worksheets to help with this skill, you’ve come to the right place!

This download includes two versions of the same resource, an on-grade level version and an advanced version. These worksheets aim to practice writing equations from word stories and visual models, using letters as the unknown quantity. A digital version is also available if you choose to assign this to your students in Google Classroom.  

An answer key is included with your download to make grading fast and easy!  

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

In addition to independent student work time, use this worksheet as an activity for:

If there are students who need a bit of a challenge, the resource has an advanced version with more complex numbers and multi-step equations for students who need a more challenging task on grade level. This version is marked with 2 stars in the upper right-hand corner.  

Consider assigning the on-grade level version of the resource for students who need additional support. This is marked with a single star in the upper right-hand corner of the worksheet. Students can complete this worksheet in a 1-on-1 or small group setting. Additionally, invite students to reference previous assignments, posters, or anchor charts while completing this activity.

🖨️ Easily Download & Print

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or editable Google Slides version of this resource. 

Because this resource includes an answer sheet, we recommend you print one copy of the entire file. Then, make photocopies of the blank worksheet for students to complete. 

To save paper, we suggest printing this 2-page worksheet double-sided.

Turn this teaching resource into a sustainable activity by printing on cardstock and slipping it into a dry-erase sleeve. Students can record their answers with a whiteboard marker, then erase and reuse them. 

Additionally, project the worksheet onto a screen and work through it as a class by having students record their answers in their notebooks.

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This resource was created by Lorin Davies, a teacher in Texas and Teach Starter Collaborator. 


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