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.

This is the gentlest introduction to algebra you'll find anywhere! Students are given an addition number sentence (an equation) with a missing value (in lieu of a variable) that they must find.

Addition Pre-Algebra ProblemsSimile to the addition worksheets in the previous section, these pre-algebra subtraction worksheets require students to find missing values in subtraction number sentences without variable notation.

Subtraction Pre-Algebra ProblemsThe pre-algebra worksheets in this section contain a mix the sort of addition and subtraction problems from the previous two pages; great for budding 3rd grade mathemeticians!

Mixed Addition and Subtraction ProblemsThese pre-algebra worksheets require students solve for the missing multiplicand in a number sentence.

Multiplication Pre-Algebra ProblemsPre-algebra worksheets where students solve for the missing value in easy division problems.

Division Pre-Algebra ProblemsPre-algebra worksheets where students solve for the missing value in a mix of multiplication and division number sentences.

Mixed Multiplication and Division ProblemsThese pre-algebra worksheets require solving for the missing value in addition, subtraction, division and multiplication number sentences.

Mixed Operation Pre-Algebra ProblemsBefore 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!

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.

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.