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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?
(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?
(3) Wrestling
There were 65 wrestlers in the ring and 30 got thrown out. 13 came in. How many are in the ring?
(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?
(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?
(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?
(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?
(8) Kelsey's Hamsters
Kelsey had 140 hamsters. She bought 13 more. Then she gave 4 to her friends. How many in all?
(9) Spooky Math
I visited a cemetery with 10 graves. At each grave was a black cat. How many black-cat paws were there?
(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?

(1) Saria, age 10, grade 5, Wilkerson Intermediate School, Mrs. Park's class, The Woodlands, Texas, U.S., October 15, 2002
(2) Kurtis M., age 9, grade 4, T.M. Clark Elementary School, Mrs. Houser's class, Portland, Texas, U.S., October 17, 2002
(3) Nick, age 13, and (4) Cristin, age 12, both grade 6, Taylor Middle School, Mrs. Clark's class, Kokomo, Indiana, U.S., October 18, 2002
(5) Gina D., age 9, grade 4, South Range School, Mrs. Ekster's class, Derry, New Hampshire, U.S., October 18, 2002
(6) MK Kenna, age 25, October 20, 2002
(7) Caroline, age 8, grade 3, Greenwood School, Mrs. Gower's class, Springfield, Missouri, U.S., October 22, 2002
(8) Kelsey, age 8, grade 3, Greenwood School, Mrs. Azeez's class, Springfield, Missouri, U.S., October 22, 2002
(9) Mrs. S, age 27, teacher, Kings Highway School, Westport, Connecticut, U.S., October 25, 2002
(10) Jeffrey, age 10, grade 4, Kings Highway School, Ms. Sappington's class, Westport, Connecticut, U.S., October 25, 2002

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