3rd Grade Math Problems

Welcome to our 3rd Grade Math Problems.

Here you will find our range of challenging math problem worksheets which are designed to give children the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge to solve a range of longer problems.

These problems are also a great way of developing perseverance and getting children to try different approaches in their math.

3rd Grade Math Problems

Here you will find a range of problem solving worksheets.

The 3rd grade math problems on the sheets are longer math problems designed to encourage children to use a range of math skills to solve them.

The skills the problems will help to develop include:

  • systematic working
  • logical thinking
  • number fact knowledge
  • fraction problems
  • trial and improvement strategies
  • working systematically
  • searching for all possible answers.

At third grade, the problems are starting to become more advanced with children needing to become more systematic in their approach and experimenting using trial and improvement strategies.

3rd Grade Math Word Problems

Bikes and Trikes

Bikes and Trikes is an activity to encourage children to work systematically and find all possibilities for the number of bikes and trikes at a show.

Captain's Coins

Captain's Coins is a 3rd grade math problem activity involving sharing out a pile of coins according to certain rules. This activity is good to use for developing trial and improvement strategie.

Broken Calculator Problem 2

The Broken Calculator problem is a number problem involving using an imaginary broken calculator with only the 3, 5, +, - and = buttons working to make different totals.

There are 2 versions of the problem sheet, one with a pre-prepared template for filling in, and a second blank version for children to show their own recording system.

Color that Shape

Color that Shape is a coloring activity which uses logical thinking to work out which shape needs to be shaded which color.

Dilly's Eggs #2

Dilly's Eggs is an activity involving counting in different size steps. The aim is to work out how many eggs Dilly had from two separate rules. It is a good activity to develop systematic working and the use of lists or tables to solve a problem.

Frogs in Ponds

Frogs in Ponds is a 3rd grade math problem activity which involves using trial and improvement and logical thinking to get the correct number of frogs into each of the ponds.

Join Me Up

Join Me Up is an logical puzzle where the aim is to place the numbers from 1 to 7 into the puzzle so that no consecutive numbers are next to each other.

Place It RIght #3

Place It Right is a place value activity designed to get children thinking hard about where to put the beads on a place value abacus to get numbers closest to a specific total.

Sally's Rectangular Puzzle #1

Sally's Rectangular Puzzle is an adding puzzle where the aim is to give each circle a value so that the sides of the rectangles add together to make a given total.

Sally's Fruit Punch Challenge #1

Sally's Fruit Punch is a scaling problem involving changing a recipe for fruit punch for one glass into a recipe for ten glasses. In the challenge, you have to firstly work out the ingredients you need, and then work out the cost of the ingredients. This challenge is great for developing real-life math solving problems involving money and measures.

Share the Treasure #3

Share the Treasure is a fraction sharing activity where the aim is to share 24 bars between a group of pirates. It is a good activity for developing fraction problem solving.

Spot the Digits

Spot the Digits is a logic activity where children have to find out the values of the letters a, b, c and d. The values can be determined by using the 3 clues.

The Rock Race Challenge 1

The Rock Race is a number activity which needs some perseverance to complete. The aim of the activity is to try different routes around the 6 rocks to determine which route is the shortest.

The Three Spiders Problem

The Three Spiders Problem is another problem which involves finding all the possibilites. The aim of this task is to find all triples of odd numbers that add up to 23. Good for odd and even practice as well as adding three small numbers together and strategic thinking.

Looking for some easier math problems?

We have a range of easier word problems at our 2nd-grade-math-salamanders website.

The problems on this page are at a simpler level than those here.

Many of the problems, e.g. Place It Right, Pick the Cards and Share the Treasure have easier versions on this page.

Using the link below will open our 2nd grade site in a new tab.

Looking for some harder word problems

We have a range of more challenging word problems on our 4th grade problem solving page.

The problems on this page are at a trickier level than those here.

Some of the problems, e.g. The Rock Race and Share the Treasure have harder versions on this page.

Looking for some more third grade math problems?

Here are a range of problems solving sheets for 3rd graders. Most of the sheets contain 'real-life' problems which involve real data.

Using the sheets will help your child to:

  • apply their addition, subtraction, and multiplication skills;
  • develop their knowledge of fractions;
  • apply their knowledge of rounding and place value;
  • solve a range of 'real life' problems.

All the 3rd grade sheets in this section support Elementary math benchmarks.

3rd Grade Money Worksheets

On this webpage, you will find our 3rd grade Money Challenges.

These challenges involve solving money problems and are a great way for kids to develop their reasoning skills and practice their counting money at the same time.

3rd Grade Math Puzzles

Here you will find a range of printable 3rd grade math puzzles for your child to enjoy.

The puzzles will help your child practice and apply their addition, subtraction and multiplication facts as well as developing their thinking and reasoning skills in a fun and engaging way.

Using these puzzles will help your child to:

  • learn and practice their addition facts to 100;
  • practice adding multiples of 10;
  • practice their subtraction facts to 100;
  • practice multiplication and division facts;
  • develop problem solving skills and reasoning.

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