Solve Two Step Word Problems using multiplication and division

Two step word problems take a strong level of focus. As you read each component of the word problem it’s a good idea to cross it out. We are going to focus specifically on multiplication and division during this lesson, this word problem will include two steps. Take a look at the word problem below:


Josiah was driving to the beach. He grabbed 7 bags with 6 sand toys in each bag. If there are three people in his family, and he wants each family member to have the same amount of toys, how many toys would each family member get?


Step One:  He grabbed 7 bags with 6 sand toys in each bag.  7 \times 6 = 42 toys


Step Two: If there are three people in his family, and he wants each family member to have the same amount of toys  {42 \div 3= 14}


Answer: Each family member would get 14 toys.


The two most important steps when solving two step word problems are making sure you understand what the question is asking and determining which operation you will be using. In this case it was either multiplication, division, or both. Also, be sure to complete ALL steps. Sometimes when solving a multiple choice question they will try to trick you by providing an answer that answers the first step only.


Try this equation on your own:


Jake collects seashells. He has bought 48 total seashells, they were delivered in 6 bags. How many seashells were in each of the 6 bags that were delivered?

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