Opening your daily math lesson with a Fourth Grade Math Word Problem of the Day is an excellent way to set the stage for learning! Incorporate them at the start of your math block to build confidence, critical thinking skills, and a learning community. Students will get used to reading for meaning, while also identifying key information. Encourage students to write out equations and draw pictures to explain their thinking, since this helps them see the light when they are stuck!
Topics in these fourth grade math word problems cover patterns & place value, addition/subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, measurement, and comparisons. If you’d like even more math word problems, we publish them daily on our kid-friendly site: the Daily Classroom Hub. Make sure to bookmark the link!
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50 Fourth Grade Math Word Problems
1. Jill wrote the number 730,918. She challenged Jane to rearrange the digits to create the highest possible number. What number did Jane make?
2. Marcus was given this puzzling pattern and asked to complete it. Which two numbers should he should write next?
4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, ___, ___
3. Mr. Mathematica gave his class these digits: 1, 5, 7, 9, 2, 8, and 5. He asked them to make the smallest number possible using every digit once. What would that number be?
4. The detectives found this number pattern as part of the code on a keypad to unlock a vault. 27, 26, 24, 23, 21, __, __. What are the last two numbers they should punch in?
5. Tom’s bicycle cost $50 more than Bob’s bicycle. Bob’s bicycle cost $180. How much did Tom’s bicycle cost?
6. Randy bought 2 baseball hats for $5.25 each. He also bought 2 wrist bands for $2.50 each. How much money did he spend?
7. Lots of birds were spotted at the new bird feeder. There were 12 sparrows, 15 crows, 8 orioles, 3 squirrels, and 9 cardinals. How many birds were there in all?
8. There were lots of visitors to the town history museum this past winter. There were 75 in December, 98 in January, and 69 in February. How many visitors did the museum have this past winter in total?
9. Luis was setting up his new office. He bought a new computer for $350. He also bought a printer for $99 and two ink cartridges for $37 each. How much did he spend?
10. There was a big sale at the Super Duper Shoe Store for 3 days. They sold 87 pairs of shoes on Friday, 95 pairs of shoes on Saturday, and 83 pairs of shoes on Sunday. How many pairs of shoes were sold all together?
11. Pia had a huge sticker collection. She had 280 stickers. Her friend, Jen, had 155 stickers in her collection. How many more stickers did Pia have than Jen?
12. Robyn scored a total of 155 points in basketball this season for the Tarrytown Tigers. She had 30 rebounds as well. Last season she scored 106 points. How many more points did she score this season than last season?
13. John went to lunch at the Cool Cat Cafe. He spent $1.25 on a juice drink and $5.50 on a sandwich. He also bought a brownie for 99 cents. He gave the cashier a $20 bill. How much change did he get?
14. Race Car Ralph drove 1,000 miles in the big cross-country auto race. 775 of those miles were with his dog, Speedy, in the car. The rest of the way, he drove alone. How many miles did Ralph drive without Speedy?
15. Best Baked Bakery baked 10,250 holiday cookies. They sold almost all of them. Only 56 were left. How many holiday cookies did they sell?
16. There were 3 cats and 4 geese in the barnyard. How many total legs were there?
17. Donna picks 5 apples every minute in the orchard. How many apples does she pick in 20 minutes?
18. Morris the magician pulled 2 doves out of his hat, twice as many rabbits as doves, and 4 times as many mice as rabbits. How many animals did he pull out of his hat?
19. Tina is making pizzas for 15 guests. If each person (including Tina) is expected to eat 2 slices, how many 8-slice pizzas should Tina make?
20. Chef Charlie is decorating a birthday cake with a circle of berries. He has 6 strawberries and would like to put 5 blueberries between each strawberry. How many blueberries does he need?
22. To make a winter stew, Jamal needs 3 pounds of sweet potatoes. If they cost $1.29 per pound, what will it cost to buy enough sweet potatoes?
22. The Hotel Swanky has 10 floors. Each floor has 16 guest rooms. There is also a ballroom, two meeting rooms, and a restaurant. How many guest rooms are in the hotel?
23. Mrs. Mason got a new bookcase for the library and filled it with books. There were 6 shelves. The top two shelves had 50 books on each shelf. The bottom four shelves had 75 books on each shelf. How many books were there in the new bookcase?
24. The cafeteria ordered 6 packs of jumbo chocolate chip cookies and 3 packs of brownies. Each pack of cookies had 12 cookies in it. They sold 45 cookies and 30 brownies. How many cookies are left?
25. The new elementary school has 30 desks in each classroom. There are four classrooms for each grade. There are 5 grades in the school. How many desks are there in the school?
26. Gina planted six rows of carrots in her garden. Each row had 30 carrots. Rabbits ate half of her carrots. How many carrots did she have left?
27. Jack planted a magic bean. The bean plant that grew was 1 foot tall on the first day. Then it doubled in height each day. How tall was the plant on the fifth day?
28. Big Brain University bought 15 new supercomputers and 50 printers. Each supercomputer cost $5,300. A printer cost $100. How much did the university spend buying new computers?
29. The new golf course had 3 tournaments every month this year. The course is open 12 months a year. Each tournament was limited to 101 golfers and was full. How many golfers played in the tournaments all together this year?
30. The school office printer can print 200 pages every 10 minutes. If the printer runs for an hour straight, how many pages can it print?
31. Lucia makes beaded bracelets. Each bracelet has 12 beads on it. She made 55 bracelets for each of the school fairs. The school had 3 fairs. How many bracelets did Lucia make?
32. Sammy Speedball is a pitcher for the Boogaloo Bearcats. He practiced his pitching on Saturday for an hour in the morning and an hour after dinner. He threw 20 pitches every 30 minutes. How many practice pitches did Sammy throw on Saturday?
33. Serena had 35 cherries. She gave 8 to each of her sisters. She still has 3 left over. How many sisters does Serena have?
34. The new teacher was giving out pencils to her class for the year. She wanted to give them out evenly. She had 15 packs of pencils with 10 pencils in each pack. She had 20 students. How many pencils should each student get? How many pencils would be left over?
35. 150 kids signed up for the summer soccer league. There are going to be ten teams, and the Dragons are one of the teams. Each team has 3 coaches and they want an equal number of players on each team. How many players should be on the Dragons?
36. The Wonderful Widget Company produces 480 widgets every day. They have 6 widget making machines running every day, with each machine making equal amounts of widgets. The company runs six days a week. How many widgets does each machine make?
37. Farmer Fran has 35 hens. Each hen lays a dozen eggs a day. Fran packs the eggs into packs of ten. How many packs of eggs does she pack per day?
38. ReadOn Publishers gives free books to schools every year on the last day of the year. They have 900 books for this year’s giveaway. 18 schools have applied for the free books. How many should each school get if they are evenly distributed?
39. Coach Cindy is meeting with each player for practice individually. Each player will get 15 minutes with the coach. Coach Cindy has 2 hours for this on Saturday. How many players can she meet with?
40. Dr. Bea Well has 120 patients. ¼ of them wear glasses. How many of her patients don’t wear glasses?
41. Lucy has 24 stuffed animals. She loves elephants, and one-third of her stuffed animals are elephants. Half of the elephants are gray. How many elephants does she have?
42. Annie collects seashells. She has 120 shells in her collection. They are from both the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. ¾ of the shells are from the Atlantic Ocean. How many shells are from the Pacific Ocean?
43. Bill has 7/8 of his homework done. Andy has 9/10 of his homework done. They have the same amount of homework. Who has more homework done?
44. Jose was offered 2/5 of a jumbo chocolate bar or 3/6 of the same bar. He loves chocolate. Which should he choose if he wants the most chocolate?
45. Janelle has 6 notebooks for school. Donnie has 1/3 more than Janelle. How many notebooks do Janelle and Donnie have all together?
46. Tonya found two small interesting stones. The black one weighs 0.3 of an ounce. The red one weighs 0.09 of an ounce. Which stone weighs more?
47. Leah has a baseball bat that is 2 and a half feet long. Bryson has a bat that is 28 inches long and another one that is 2 feet and 5 inches long. Who has the longest bat?
48. Mr. Smith’s class collected coins in a big jar for 6 months. Their coins weighed 2 pounds and 8 ounces. Ms. Smith’s class did the same thing. Their coins weighed 2 ½ pounds. Whose coins weighed more?
49. The track team was practicing for the big meet. Tim ran for 25 minutes every day for 5 days. Tom ran an hour every day for 3 days. Who spent the most time running?
50. The Jones family left for the airport at 10:00 a.m. for vacation. Their flight leaves at 12:30 p.m. They stopped twice for 10 minutes each time. They got to the airport at 11:30 p.m. How much time did they spend driving?
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