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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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Playing with Patterns


Grade 1. Find the next numbers in the pattern.
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Pocket Change


Grade K. Figure out which coins three friends have in their pockets.
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Pretzel Riddle


Grade K. Determine the number of pretzels in a lunchbox.
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Prize Box


Grade K. Find out how many tickets Manuela needs in order to choose something
from the prize box.
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Puppies for Sale


Grade 1. Determine how many puppies are in the crates.
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Reading Superstars


Grade 2. Figure out how many stars each student earned for giving book talks.
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Recycling


Grade 2. Use data about a school's recycling project to create a graph.
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Rock Garden


Grade 2. Figure out how much some rocks weigh.
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Rock Patterns


Grade 2. Arrange 4 different kinds of rocks to make a pattern.
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Saul's Cupcakes


Grade K. Figure out how many cupcakes Saul will put on the fifth plate.
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Saving Up


Grade 2. Figure out how much money Jackie saves after three weeks of
babysitting.
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Seashells by the Seashore


Grade 2. Use subtraction and compare numbers of seashells in the Smith twins'
collections.
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ShipShape


Grade K. Order the shapes from least sides to most sides.
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Snack Time!


Grade 1. Figure out how many graham crackers are needed to feed three friends.
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Snow Day!


Grade 1. Figure out how many mittens the Lee children need.
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Snow Globes


Grade 2. Follow a pattern to figure out how many snow globes Angie will place
on her shelves.
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Snowy Footprints


Grade 2. Find out how many steps Malik walks while stamping a giant rectangle
in the snow.
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Soccer Madness


Grade K. Compare the number of goals scored and order them from least to
greatest.
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Spin Art


Grade 2. Figure out how many more bottles of purple paint Marcus and Lyle
need so they don't run out before the school fair ends.
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Spring Day


Grade 1. Figure out how long it took Michael and Matty to bike to the end of
the path.
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Summer Days


Grade 1. Use your knowledge of time and money to answer some questions about
a lemonade stand.
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Superhero

Grade 1. Help the superhero figure out how many laps he's done.
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Thanksgiving Day


Grade K. Use a calendar to count how many more days there are until
Thanksgiving.
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The ArmWrestling Match


Grade 2. How many armwrestling matches will take place in a contest between
six friends?
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The Card Game


Grade 2. Figure out how many dots are on each card in Suki's card game.
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The Class Play


Grade 2. Figure out how many ways 12 chairs can be placed in equal rows.
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The Cookout


Grade 2. Find out how many burgers Ali cooks at the cookout.
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The Eagle and the Bear


Grade 1. Figure out how many fish the eagle has to catch to tie the bear in
their fishing contest.
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The Morning Bus


Grade 1. Find out if Beth will make it to the school bus on time.
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The Pond


Grade 1. Solve a multistep problem to figure out how many geese are left in
the pond.
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The Sandwich Choice


Grade 1. Figure out which kind of sandwich two friends will choose at the
store.
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The Snake's Next Meal


Grade K. Use your understanding of the calendar to figure out when the snake
will eat again.
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The Sticker Collection


Grade K. Determine how many stickers David has, based on how many stickers
his sister has.
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The Van Ride


Grade 1. Help four friends decide where to sit in a new van.
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The Yard Sale


Grade K. Which two things can you buy at a yard sale with 9 pennies?
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Time for Ice Cream!


Grade K. Figure out which of three ice cream treats Chen prefers.
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Trading Card Price Tag


Grade 2. How much is Richie's Red Sox card worth?
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Trail Mix


Grade 2. Help Samantha double a recipe for trail mix.
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Trolls and Dogs


Grade 2. Figure out how wide 2 stuffed animals are.
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Try It Out


Grade K. Show the number 10 in different ways.
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TugofWar


Grade 2. Figure out which team has the advantage in a game of tugofwar.
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Up, Up, and Away!


Grade 2. Use fractions to figure out how many yellow balloons the clown has.
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Warming Up!


Grade 1. Divide marshmallows equally between Suresh and his sister.
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What Are the Chances?


Grade 2. Try to guess which kind of lollipop Sam will get.
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What Do I Have in My Bag?


Grade 1. Use the clues to determine what the mystery shape is.
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Who Has More Apples?


Grade 1. Figure out how many more apples Alexa has than Tom.
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Winter Is Coming!


Grade 2. Figure out how many nuts a squirrel has left.
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Yoli's Lollipops


Grade K. Try to guess which color lollipop Yoli will get.
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Yummy Gummy Bears


Grade 1. Figure out how many treats each of three friends can have on their
way home from school.
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