The pre-algebra worksheets provide simple number sentences in the form of equations with missing values, and the students fill in the answer. This step of introducing equations without variables can be a gentle first step into the world of finding missing values using algebraic manipulations.
Printable Pre-Algebra Worksheets
Before we introduce that dreaded variable x into the lives our young students, we can take one more pass through conventional arithmetic with these pre-algebra worksheets!
Equations Are Just Number Sentences with an Equals
At it's simplest, solving algebra problems involves figuring out some unknown value in a number sentence with an equal sign, more formally known as an equation. These worksheets provide simple number sentences that are missing a value and kids will need to figure out what the value is using their existing knowledge of the basic math operations.
The next step after this is to simply introduce variables instead of blank spaces in the equation. But this gentle introduction where we use an answer line instead of a variable is an excellent bridge tool before taking that leap into full algebraic notation.
Pre-Algebra Worksheets for all the Operations
On this page you will find printable pre-algebra worksheets that have basic problems for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, as well as worksheets with various combinations of the operators.
These worksheets can be introduced as part of the process of learning basic math facts, or as a lead-in to algebra topics in 5th grade or 6th grade.