Math Cats Story Problems: Alley Cat #9 
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(1) Kites A boy had fifteen kites. Three got stuck in a tree. Then two came out of the tree, and he got nine more kites. How many did the boy have? 
by Saria, age 10, grade 5 Wilkerson Intermediate School Mrs. Park's class The Woodlands, Texas, U.S. October 15, 2002 

(2) Four Families Once there were four families. One family had 7 kids. The second family had 4 kids. The third family had 5 kids. The fourth family had 8 kids. How many kids are there in all? 
by Kurtis M., age 9, grade 4 T.M. Clark Elementary School Mrs. Houser's class Portland, Texas, U.S. October 17, 2002 

(3) Wrestling There were 65 wrestlers in the ring and 30 got thrown out. 13 came in. How many are in the ring? 
by Nick, age 13, grade 6 Taylor Middle School Mrs. Clark's class Kokomo, Indiana, U.S. October 18, 2002 

(4) Lady's Puppies and October's Kittens Lady had 4 puppies and October had 5 kittens. Then someone bought 8 of the pets. How many of Lady's puppies sold? How many are left? 
by Cristin, age 12, grade 6 Taylor Middle School Mrs. Clark's class Kokomo, Indiana, U.S. October 18, 2002 

(5) The Dog Story There was 1 boy dog, 1 girl dog, and one boy. The girl dog had 12 puppies. The boy sold 4 puppies. How many dogs and puppies were left? 
by Gina D., age 9, grade 4 South Range School Mrs. Ekster's class Derry, New Hampshire, U.S. October 18, 2002 

(6) How Many Cats? If 3 cats are black, 4 are red, 16 are blue, 8 are orange and 25 are yellow, how many cats are there? 
by MK Kenna, age 25 October 20, 2002 

(7) So Many Cats Caroline has four cats. She sold three cats. Then she bought 90 more cats. The next day she sold 50 cats. How many cats does she have now? 
by Caroline, age 8, grade 3 Greenwood School Mrs. Gower's class Springfield, Missouri, U.S. October 22, 2002 

(8) Kelsey's Hamsters Kelsey had 140 hamsters. She bought 13 more. Then she gave 4 to her friends. How many in all? 
by Kelsey, age 8, grade 3 Greenwood School Mrs. Azeez's class Springfield, Missouri, U.S. October 22, 2002 

(9) Spooky Math I visited a cemetery with 10 graves. At each grave was a black cat. How many blackcat paws were there? 
by Mrs. S, age 27, teacher Kings Highway School Westport, Connecticut, U.S. October 25, 2002 

(10) Halloween Math Tim is trick or treating. He got 2 pieces of candy at each house so far. He went to 250 houses. How many pieces of candy did Tim get? 
by Jeffrey, age 10, grade 4 Kings Highway School Ms. Sappington's class Westport, Connecticut, U.S. October 25, 2002 
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