numbers in Spanish

Kids can learn and practice lots of Spanish as they do math problems. Math word problems have language that kids will hear and use in other situations, too. With children learning Spanish, doing math problems that are easy for them, that use material that they have already mastered, is a great way to learn language.

For example, word problems that practice basic math skills use important Spanish verbs to express the problem that children need to solve. Problems to practice addition and subtraction use the verbs tener (to have), faltar (to be missing), quedar (to be left), and sobrar (to be left over) to ask for information. Of course, simple arithmetic problems are also a good way to review numbers in Spanish.

These two sites have lots of math problems for children learning Spanish:

Math problems in Spanish from Interpeques – These word problems have multiple choice answers and children get feedback on their answer immediately. Click on Problemas de sumar y restar to go the addition and subtraction problems.

The problems use the verbs tener (to have), faltar (to be missing), quedar (to be left), and sobrar (to be left over) in questions like these:
¿Cuántos me faltan para tener 30?/ How many more do I need (how many am I missing) to have 30?
¿Cuántas puertas le quedan por pintar ? / How many doors does he have left to paint?
¿Cuántas patatas me quedan por pelar? / How many potatoes do I have left to peel?
¿Cuántos sobrarán ? / How many are left over?
¿Cuántas gallinas quedarán en el corral?/ How many hens are left in the corral?

These are other verbs that are used in the problems:
perder – to lose
regalar – to give (as a gift)
vender – to sell
matar – to kill
tirar – to throw away
repartir – to distribute

Math problems in Spanish from Usa el coco – This site has several sections, but you will find lots of word problems in Problemas. Once you are in the Problemas menu, you can choose the level of math (0-10, 11-20, etc.). Many of these word problems also have a cultural dimension that is great for kids learning Spanish. For all these problems, kids enter their answers and get can get feedback right away.

The section called Matías tells the story of Matías and his sister. There is a fair amount of text, but for children with some Spanish it provides context for new language and also for the math.

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