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(1) Mystery Number

I'm a number between 10 and 20. I'm an even number. I go before 19. What am I?

by Paige, age 14, grade 8
Seven Oaks School
Mrs. C's class
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
August 22, 2001
(2) Lucky Seven

There are ten balls. One of them is the best of them all and we call that ball ... Lucky Seven. Why? because it is lucky and the number is seven. Now one day I lost three! How many do I have left?

by by Brandi, age 7, grade 3
River Trail School
Mrs. Weiss's class
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
September 30, 2001
(3) Dance

I am in 7 dance classes. I have to quit 2. How many classes do I take now?

by CJ, age 9, grade 4
Fredonia Elementary School
Mrs. Price's class
Fredonia, New York, U.S.
October 12, 2001
(4) Taking a Test

I have been taking a test for an 1 hour. The test is 3 hours long. How long have I been taking the test?

by Megan, age 11, grade 5
Critzer Elementary School
Mrs. Fox's class
Pulaski, Virginia, U.S.
December 20, 2001
(5) The Lost Doggy

One sunny morning a mommy dog and her young pups took a walk. Unfortunately, the youngest of the 8 puppies got lost. How many puppies are left? What if two were lost?

by Leslie, age 9, grade 4
Ludlam Elementary School
Mrs. Ziegler's class
Miami, Florida, U.S.
April 25, 2002
(6) The American Flag

14 flags were made by a company. 8 were sent out. How many flags does the company still have to send out?

by Nicole C., age 11, grade 5
Sacred Heart School
Mrs. Gourde's class
Freeport, Minnesota, U.S.
April 29, 2002
(7) Space

If you have 1 moon, how many do you have?

by Amanda, age 9, grade 3
Gosset Elementary School
Mrs. Golson's class
Rankin, Texas, U.S.
April 27, 2002
(8) McDonald's Hamburgers

I went to McDonald's for my birthday. I invited 12 friends. If only 9 friends turned up, how many did not come?

by Toni, age 13, grade 8
Bentley Park College
Ms. Morrison's class
Cairns, Australia
May 2, 2002
(9) Lollipops

I have eight lollipops. I want to eat three. How many will I have left?

by Courtney, age 10, grade 4
Vesey Elementary School
Ms. Stepp's class
Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
May 3, 2002
(10) Horses

6 horses were in a stable. 2 left and 4 more came. How many horses are in the stable now?

by Shelby, age 11, grade 6
Swift Creek Middle School
Mrs. Touchton's class
Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.
May 4, 2002

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