So what's a concerned parent/teacher to do? It really requires evaluating what's available in 5th Grade Math Worksheets that have attempted to move to the next level in education and engagement. When's the last time that you wanted to spend more time doing something you hated and dreaded? Top that off with seeing no reason for the chore you so dread in the first place and you have a complete and total recipe for disaster.
Who's Fault? _ Is it his fault that he lacks confidence with word problems? Not entirely. Our actions, as educators, seem to imply a belief that solving word problems should come more naturally than simpler operations like arithmetic and algebra. Many parents and teachers feel justified in encouraging (i.e. forcing) a child to work hundreds or thousands of math worksheets, drill multiplication tables, long division... but few encourage solving hundreds of story problems. One suspects that the relative ease of creating and checking ordinary math worksheets keeps the focus of math education on simple, atomic operations at the expense of more holistic story problems.