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(1) Feathers

If I had a pound of feathers and a pound of metal which would weigh more???

by Abby, age 9, grade 4
Cedar Creek Elementary School
Mrs. Lenhardt's class
Austin, Texas, U.S.
December 25, 2002
(2) Clowns

I told my friend I was taking my sister to see the clowns. Alyssa said, "I think we'll see 7 clowns." I said, "Maybe we'll see 18 clowns." But we only saw 10 clowns. What was the difference between the two estimates?

by Kiersten, age 9, grade 4
East York Elementary School
Mrs. Biser's class
York, Pennsylvania, U.S.
December 29, 2002
(3) Beanies

There are 40 paws on my beanie bears. How many beanie bears do I have?

by Jemma, age 11, grade 6
East Tilbury Junior School
Essex, England
January 3, 2003
(4) Dog Trouble

There were 34 dogs. 8 had one ear, 5 others had no tail, and 12 others had three legs. How many had nothing wrong with them?

by Diamir, age 11, grade 6
January 6, 2003
(5) Cats and Dogs

I had 12 cats and 12 dogs. 6 cats ran away. 6 dogs ran away. How many cats and dogs do I have together now?

by Ashley, age 11, grade 5
West Bradford Elementary School
Mrs. Cooke's class
Downington, Pennsylvania, U.S.
January 11, 2003
(6) TJ's Candy Bars

TJ bought 20 candy bars. He ate three candy bars and gave away fourteen candy bars. How many does he have left?

by Oliver, age 9, grade 3
Derry Elementary School
Mrs. Houston's class
Port Isabel, Texas, U.S.
January 14, 2003
(7) Teeth

One kid had 24 teeth. He got beat up and lost 8 teeth. A week later he got 3 false teeth because that was all he could afford. How many teeth does he have now? How many are missing?

by Sydney, age 11, grade 5
Hoover Elementary School
Ms. Perschnick's class
Bartlesville, Oklahoma, U.S.
January 17, 2003
(8) Ballerinas

In ballet class, there is a limit of 25 girls. Right now there are 22 girls. If 5 girls leave, and then 3 girls join the class, will the class pass its limit?

by Maylene, age 11, grade 6
Richmond Hill Junior High School 217
Ms. Botsaris's class
Richmond Hill, New York, U.S.
January 20, 2003
(9) Pet Shop

One day Jessa and Jorden were walking home from school when Jessa spotted a pet shop that had six puppies, seven kittens, and two turtle doves. But one puppy and three kittens got bought while they were there. How many pets were left?

by Jessa W., age 8, grade 3
Burlington, Washington, U.S.
January 21, 2003
(10) Time

My mom went to the store. She was gone for 3 hours and 45 minutes. She left at 3:00. What time did she get home?

by Michelle, age 8, grade 3
Seven Oaks Elementary School
Miss K's class
Eagle, Idaho, U.S.
January 23, 2003

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