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(1) Dog Problem

I have 5 dogs. I get 20 more. How many dogs do I have now?

by Tariq D., age 8, grade 2
Hambrick School
Ms. Watkins' class
Stone Mountain
June 10, 2002
(2) Lots of Cats

I had 79 cats to look after, and then 43 got owners. How many cats do I still have to look after?

by Alaska, age 11, grade 7
Rockdale Park School
Lloyd Bryant's class
Invercargill, New Zealand
June 11, 2002
(3) Yummy Pizza

I ate ten pieces of meat lovers' pizza. I ate 9 pieces of cheese pizza. How many pieces did I eat?

by Jay, age 7, grade 2
J.S. Pate Elementary School
Mrs. Alice James's class
Cordele, Georgia, U.S.
June 20, 2002
(4) Coconut Tree

There were 12 coconuts in a tree but 9 more grew. How many are there now?

by Kaily, age 9, grade 3
Grove Elementary School
Paula Schornick's class
Shawnee, Oklahoma, U.S.
June 17, 2002
(5) The Teachers

There were 80 teachers in the school and 30 either got fired or quit. How many teachers are there left?????

by Kristen, age 11, grade 6
Shermean Middle School
Mr. Johnson's class
Holly, Michigan, U.S.
June 18, 2002
(6) Six Best Friends

Once I had 6 best friends, but they all were not that nice to me, so I told 3 that they were not my BEST friends any more. Then one day I had to let 2 more go because they were not friends any more: they said I had to pick one of them or none of them, so I let them both go. How many best friends do I have NOW?

by Tiana, age 12, grade 6
William Dandy Middle School
Ms. Archer's class
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.
June 20, 2002
(7) Birds in a Tree

An oak tree had sixteen birds in it. Our cat came along and chased two birds away. Three birds flew back to the same tree. How many birds are in the tree now?

by Devyn, age 11, grade 5
South Fork Elementary School
Mrs. Petit's class
West Plains, Missouri, U.S.
June 21, 2002
(8) Kitty

I have 20 cats and 10 kittens. How many do I have in all?

by Nicole, age 7, grade 2
South Side School
Mrs. Lambie or Mrs. Bovard's class
S. Connellsville, Pennsylvania, U.S.
June 26, 2002
(9) Horses

There were 22 horses and 12 had to go for a ride at the park. How many are left?

by Luke, age 10, grade 5
Tahmoor Public School
Mrs. Lazuras's class
Tahmoor NSW, Australia
June 27, 2002
(10) Motorbikes

There were 33 motorbikes and 14 broke down. Hhow many are still working?

by Bryce, age 10, grade 5
Tahmoor Public School
Mrs. Lazuras's class
Tahmoor NSW, Australia
June 27, 2002

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