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Worksheet: Additive Comparison Word Problems

Q1:

Chloe scored 41 points in a sports competition. Madison scored 28 points more than Chloe.

We want to find out how many points Madison scored. We can use a part-part-whole diagram to model this problem.

Is Madison’s score the whole or the other part?

  • Athe whole
  • Bthe other part

How many points did Madison score?

Q2:

Three friends were seeing who could build the tallest tower out of blocks.

David’s tower was 37 inches high. Isabella’s tower was 6 inches shorter than David’s. Ethan built a tower that measured 3 inches less than Isabella’s.

How many inches tall was Ethan’s tower?

Q3:

Select the problem that can be solved by the addition equation 2 6 + 1 2 = 3 8 .

  • A In the morning, 26 boats set sail from a harbor. In the afternoon, 12 more boats set sail. How many boats are out sailing by the afternoon?
  • B In the morning, 26 boats set sail from a harbor. In the afternoon, 12 times as many boats set sail than in the morning. How many boats set sail in the afternoon?

Q4:

Select the word problem that can be solved using this part-part-whole diagram.

  • ANoah took 31 photos on his vacation. Benjamin took 17 more photos than Noah. How many photos did Benjamin take?
  • BNoah took 31 photos on his vacation. Benjamin took 17 fewer photos than Noah. How many photos did Benjamin take?

Q5:

Select the word problem whose answer is 3 3 + 1 8 = 4 1 .

  • A There were 33 strawberries growing in a garden. There were 18 more carrots than strawberries growing in the garden. How many carrots were there?
  • B There were 33 strawberries growing in a garden. There were 18 fewer carrots than strawberries growing in the garden. How many carrots were there?

Q6:

In the second grade at a school, 41 students have hot lunches. The number of students who have packed lunches is 8 more than the number who have hot lunches.

How many students have packed lunches?

How many students are there in the second grade?

Q7:

Natalie took 9 photos, and Victoria took 2 photos. How many more photos did Natalie take than Victoria?

Q8:

Liam, Noah, and Jennifer were playing a game.

Liam scored 52 points. Noah scored 21 more points than Liam. Jennifer scored 9 points fewer than Noah. How many points did Jennifer score?

Q9:

In a garden, there are 53 roses. There are 19 fewer daffodils than roses.

How many daffodils are there?

How many flowers are in the garden?

Q10:

Isabella and Madison were taking photos for an art project. Isabella took 11 fewer photos than Madison. Madison took 50 photos.

How many photos did Isabella take?

How many photos did the girls take altogether?

Q11:

Select the word problem that can be solved using this part-part-whole diagram.

  • AHannah has 92 colored pencils. Sophia has 45 fewer colored pencils than Hannah. How many colored pencils does Sophia have?
  • BHannah has 92 colored pencils. Sophia has 45 more colored pencils than Hannah. How many colored pencils does Sophia have?

Q12:

Questions which tell you how much more (or less) one amount is compared to another are additive comparison problems.

Which of the following is an additive comparison problem?

  • AEmma has 3 brothers. Her friend has 2 more brothers than she does. How many brothers does her friend have?
  • BEmma has 3 brothers. Her friend has 2 times as many brothers as she does. How many brothers does her friend have?

Q13:

Jacob started training to join the basketball team. In the first week, he scored a total of 23 baskets. In the second week, he scored 12 more baskets than in the first week.

Should I add or multiply to find the number of baskets he scored in the second week?

  • Aadd
  • Bmultiply

Why?

  • Abecause “12 more” tells us to use addition
  • Bbecause “a total of” tells us to use multiplication
  • Cbecause “12 more” tells us to use multiplication
  • Dbecause “a total of” tells us to use addition
  • Ebecause “12 more” tells us to use subtraction

Q14:

Isabella scored 72 points in a sports competition. William scored 19 fewer points than Isabella.

We want to find out how many points William scored. We can use a part-part-whole diagram to model this problem.

Is William’s score the whole or the unknown part?

  • AThe unknown part
  • BThe whole

How many points did William score?