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Math Word Puzzles

My fourth graders have written some word (math) puzzles for you and hope you will compute the answers and then send us some.

Take a look at the word puzzles that are here. Be sure to write a number sentence for each puzzle like this:

My number is the days in a week minus the eyes on my face times the months in a year.

7 - 2 x 12 = 60

It would be very interesting if we added a cultural dimension to our project like this:

The number of letters in the word "computer" times the points on David's Star minus the number of pennies in a dime equals what number?

This sends us to some research on David's Star as well as doing a little math. You might have to search to find out how many pennies there are in a US dime. This is just one example. I am sure there are other things in your culture that have numbers. This can be a fun project.

Here are some starter puzzles for you:


From Ms. Everhart's class in Maryland

1. There are reptiles in the Woodside Wetlands. Edwin, Alan, and James want to know how to divide the reptiles evenly so each one gets an equal number. They had counted 462 reptiles. How many reptiles will each boy get?

Submitted by Edwin

PS-Yes, we really have our own wetlands, and no, we don't give any animals away. Just wanted to write a word problem for your students.

2. There were four salamanders who each wanted Nike shoes. If each pair of Nikes cost five dollars, and the four salamanders bought enough Nikes to cover all of their feet, how much money did they spend in all?

Submitted by Ryan


From my 4th grade students at Delmar:

Guess my number:

  1. My number is how many fingers you have plus the number of dimes in a dollar times the number of planets.
  2. My number is how many ears you have plus the number of fingers you have times the number of wheels on a tricycle.
  3. My number is how many months are in a year plus the number of states in the U.S.A times the number of planets.
  4. My number is how many legs on a cat plus the number of planets times the number of eyes you have.

by Megan

My number is the days in the month of May minus the number of months in a year plus the days in January.

by Mallory

My number is how many fingers I have on my hands plus the states in the U.S.A times the legs on a dog.

by Carlos

My number is the number of days in March minus the hours in a day times the number of letters in the word "Cory."

by CORY

My number is the number of letters in the word "keyboard" plus the number of the planets times the number of wheels on a bicycle.

by Brian

Can you figure out any of these? Don't forget to send us the number sentence that makes the answer.

Please send us some math word puzzles!


Our first puzzle from the United Kingdom! Thank you, Auntie Liz.

The number of nations in the United Kingdom
* (times) the number of children the Queen of England has
- the number of legs on a cat
+ the number of miles from Bristol, England to Delmar Maryland

equals ?

Use this URL for the distance between cities:
http://www.indo.com/distance/

Liz
Bristol, England


Emma's puzzle from Australia:

Dear Patti,

I have a puzzle for you.

The number of legs on a Kangaroo
times the numer of octaves on a keyboard
add the height of the talles building in Australia
minus the states of Australia.

there you go, Ill think of some more for you.

Emma


Adriana and her students in Brasil made Math Transit problems for us:

Hello, my dear!!!

As I told you before, we are studying the new laws of transit here. We are working hard, using texts, reading and writing activities, games and meetings to show how important each one is inside the future of the big cities.

Math puzzles arrived inside this context...

So, here they are...

  1. The number of tires of a car, plus the colors of a traffic light, minus the number of letters of the word "street".
  2. The number of letters of the word "transit" times the sides of a triangle of sinalization, minus the number of flywheels of a car.
  3. The speed limit minus the number of fingers you have in one hand plus the number of wheels of a bicicle.
  4. The number of wheels of a bus, plus the number of letters of the word "house" plus the number of sides of a rectangle.
  5. The number of tires of a car, times the number of tires of a motorcycle, plus the number of feet of the dog that is crossing the street.
  6. The number of letters of the word "city", plus the number of feet of a horse, minus the number of colors of a traffic light.


Ines and her students from Argentina have sent us some Math word problems:

Hi Patti,

As my students have already started to come to their classes in my English Institute, here I am sending you some of his Math Puzzles "Creations".

1) The number of Provinces in Argentina times the number of letters of the word Mar del Plata plus the number of letters of the name of the Argentinian bird name( ovenbird) divided the number of letters of the word that marks the Argentinean Latitude.

By Ezequiel

2)The number of the continents in the world times the letters of the words of Manhattan nickname plus the words of the name( in English) of the river in South America between Uruguay and Argentina minus the number of letters of the name of Argentina capital City.

By Ezequiel


1) The number of the English Possessive Adjectives plus the number of kilometres from Mar del Plata to Buenos Aires minus the numbers of Planets minus the hours in 7 days times the numbers of letters in the word "Belgrano".

By Pablo.

2) The number of players in a soccer team plus the number of letters in the word Argentina minus the days of the week times the wheels of a tricycle.

By Pablo.


1)The number of letters of the word BOOK plus the months in a year minus the number of the vowels times the number of the days of a weekend.

By Paula.

2) The number of letters od the word SPANISH minus the number of ports in Mar del Plata Plus the number of children of Madonna plus the number of days of the second month of the year in a leap year.

By Paola.


1)The number of eyes of two cyclops times the number of eyes of a bat plus the numbers of provinces of Argentina minus the angles of a pentagon.

By Marcos.

2) The number of letters of the capital city of Argentina: Buenos Aires , times the number of letters of the word Mar del Plata plus two times the fingers of our hands plus three.

By Marcos.


1) The number of letters of the word TANGO times the number of legs of a frog minus the number of the primary colours plus the number of the colours of the rainbow.

By Agustin.

2) The number of the Argentinean provinces minus the the number of letters of the first name of the Argentinean PIAZZOLA plus the number of letters of the first name of "Che" Guevara.

By Agustin.


1) The number of the seasons of the year times the number of letters of the English alphabet minus the number of the days in the month of March.

By Constanza.

2) The number of the colours of the Argentinean flag plus the number of letters of the word ARGENTINA times the number of kilometres from Mar del Plata to Buenos Aires.

By Constanza.


Pablo and Luciano have written another Math Puzzle.

The number of the States in the United States of America
+ plus the strings of a Stradivarius.
_ minus the number of people in a soccer field
x times the age of the football player Maradonna when he won the World Cup in 1986.


From our friends at Holy Trinity College, Mar del PLata, Argentina.

In my class we are 30 plus the SPICE GIRLS multiplied for the BACKSTREET BOY is......?

by Stephanie and Gabriela


My number is the number of the footballs players plus one minus the months of the year.

by Francisco and Gonzalo


My number is the number of children on your class plus provinces that are in Argentina plus the month are in the year. (* 23 provinces) .

by Santiago Ahumada


My number is the number of planets plus the hours in a day plus the number of fingers that you have in one hand.

by Santiago Ahumada


1-My number is the number of two women legs minus a wheels of a car plus 3 dogs legs.

By BelÚn and Fernanda.


The Hansons multiplied by The Spice plus the months of the years. Do you want to be my friends ?

Jessica


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