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The Primary Problems are designed for those students in grades K2. The problems cover much of the same material as the NCTM Standards for Grades
PreK2.
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A Day at Camp


Grade 2. Figure out a camper's schedule for the day.
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Add or Subtract?


Grade 2. Find the answer to a question and then settle a disagreement between
two friends.
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A Game of Dice


Grade K. Find out who rolled a higher number in a dice game.
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Ants on a Bun


Grade K. Find out how many ants were at a picnic.
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Apple Celebration


Grade 1. Figure out the growth pattern of a tree to predict its future height.
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A Summer Garden


Grade 2. Figure out the number of sunflowers in a garden.
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A Trip to the Ballpark


Grade 2. Figure out how many blocks Kevin walked between his home and the
park.
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At the Bake Sale


Grade 1. What can you can buy at the bake sale with the money you have?
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At the Fair


Grade 2. Find the different ways you can earn enough points to win a toy.
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At the Grocery Store


Grade 1. Find combinations of fruit Katie could buy so that she has the same
amount of fruit as Jackson.
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A Walk to the Park


Grade K. Find the total number of blocks Tom walked.
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Baby Birds


Grade K. Find out how many baby birds are left in the nest.
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Back to School


Grade 2. Figure out how many packs of pencils Mr. Gonzalez needs for his
class.
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Balloon Fun


Grade K. Find out the number of balloons two friends have in all.
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Battastic!


Grade 1. Figure out the combined wingspans of some friends in bat costumes.
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Batter Up!


Grade 2. Use clues to figure out the correct batting order for a baseball
team.
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Ben's Ice Cream Cone


Grade 1. Find the different types of ice cream treats Ben can get.
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Birthday at the Ballpark


Grade 2. Figure out how many car trips it will take for all of the friends to
get to the ballpark.
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Birthday Cake


Grade K. Draw a picture of a cake and divide it into equal slices.
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Book Club


Grade K. Figure out how many more books Ben has to read.
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Bubblegum


Grade 2. Divide pieces of bubblegum equally among three sisters.
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Building a Fence


Grade 2. Figure out how many feet of fencing Mrs. Martinez needs around her
vegetable garden.
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Building a Tower

Grade K. How many blocks has Ming put on Ali's tower?
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Bus Stop


Grade K. Figure out what time Sally leaves for the bus.
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Catching Minnows


Grade 2. Figure out how many minnows Anna will catch if she continues a
pattern.
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Charlie's Gumballs


Grade 2. How many gumballs does Charlie have left after sharing them with his
friends?
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Cleanup Time


Grade 1. Figure out how many pencils are left on the floor after some have
been picked up.
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Clowning Around


Grade 1. Use repeated addition to find out how many balls the clowns are
juggling.
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Color Competition


Grade K. Use a chart to determine the results of a color popularity contest.
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Colorful Candies


Grade K. Find out how many blue candies Sam has.
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Counting Cars


Grade K. Show how Maya can use tallies to count the number of cars that drove
down her street.
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Counting Comics


Grade 1. How many comic books does Sondra have?
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Counting Gumballs


Grade K. Figure out how many extra gumballs Steve has.
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Counting Shells


Grade 2. Use the clues to figure out how many shells Jack has.
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Count Them Up


Grade 1. Write a number sentence to explain how many pennies Darryl has.
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Cupcake Combinations


Grade K. Extend a pattern of cupcakes.
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Decorating Cookies


Grade 1. Find out what type of sprinkles Roger will put on the cookies he is
baking.
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Different Shapes


Grade K. Compare some shapes and say how they are different.
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Dog Packs


Grade 2. Figure out how many dogs were in each of 3 packs before more dogs
joined them.
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Donut Sale


Grade 1. Figure out how much Geneva has to spend for 8 donuts.
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Donuts on a Tray


Grade 2. Help Glenda to figure out how to arrange snacks on a tray in equal
rows.
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Drumsticks


Grade 1. Figure out how many drumsticks the band needs.
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Earning Money


Grade 1. Answer questions about doing chores to earn allowance.
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Field Day


Grade 1. Use addition to find out how much time Sofia spent running races.
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Flower Fun


Grade 1. Figure out how many pink tulips Michelle will give to her
grandmother.
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Fourth of July


Grade 2. Figure out how many hot dogs and hot dog buns a mom needs to buy for
a barbecue.
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Getting Allowance


Grade 1. Find ways to make 50 cents using different coins.
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Get Yer Popcorn!


Grade 2. Add and subtract money and compare prices of snacks at the school
play.
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Going Shopping


Grade K. Which coins should you use to buy a pencil?
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Goldfish Galore


Grade 1. Divide 20 goldfish evenly between two friends.
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