Monday, October 10, 2011

Bloggers Submit Word Problems!

 Last week, Mrs. Yollis class was working on a new type of word problem.  
Lots of practice was needed to master this new kind of problem. Here is the original math problem and video:

Panda and Hoppy left 25 comments. Hoppy left 5 more comments than Panda. 
How many comments did Panda leave? 
How many comments did Hoppy leave?

Because Mrs. Yollis' class needed lots of practice, they needed some math problems!

To make it more interesting, Mrs. Yollis published a challenge on Twitter for other class bloggers. She hoped to get some word problems from their blogging buddies. Students were encouraged to create word problems using their state symbols!

Behold!  Some
fabulous math problems!


California's Math Problems

Here are two of California's state symbols,
 the California quail and California's state tree, the coastal redwood. It is the tallest tree in the world! 

Here is a word problem using the California state bird and the state tree

The California quail was looking at two coastal redwoods. Their combined height was 480 feet. One tree was 20 feet taller than the other tree. How tall were the coastal redwoods?


Look! Some
South Carolina Math Problems!

Here is one from Miss Tripp's class in South Carolina!

There are more to solve on their blog, The Garden of Learning! Check them out!


Mississippi's Math Problems!

Here are some from the REACH Rocketeers in Mississippi! 

There are more to solve on their blog, Reach Rocketeers! Check them out! 

We also heard from Mr. Avery in Massachusetts, 

and Ms. Floyd in Texas!

Today we spent some time solving our friends' word problems. 
Take a look!

What do you think of classes making up the problems using their state symbols?

Please have your class contribute a problem here! It's a great mix of math and geography!


  1. Hello Mrs. Yollis. What a fun project. Here is a word problem from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania:

    Two Maasai each had a herd of cattle. One of the Maasai had 16 more than the other and together they had 100 cattle. How many cattle were in the second Maasai's herd?

  2. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    It's amazing that you received word problems from so many different places! Thanks for including mine in your blog post! I feel like I'm famous having my comment in your blog post!

    It's so important to practice working with word problems. We see them all the time in math. It seems like you're doing an amazing job solving them though!

    Mr. Avery

  3. Dear Mrs. Yollis,
    I love the idea of sharing math word problems! They were always so hard for me in school. We didn't have these fun ways to learn them!
    I have a new library word problem for you:
    Mrs. Y's class checked out 27 books from the library. Mrs. M's class checked out 15 more than Mrs. Y's class. How many books did Mrs. M's class check out?
    Mrs. Hembree

  4. Dear Mrs Yollis and class,

    This is a great way of learning. I am like Mrs Hembree I found them hard too.

    I have enjoyed reading all the other comments from your fellow bloggers with there mathes word problems.

    How did you all go did you all work out the correct answer.

    From your pal down under,

  5. Taylor and Matthew were picking California Golden Poppies in Gorman, CA. They picked 27 poppies in all. Matthew picked 13 more for a bouquet for their mother. How many did each pick?

  6. Dear Mrs. Yollis,
    Here is a word problem from Hawaii:
    Leilani and Kai went to the Dole pineapple fields and picked 107 pineapples total. Leilani picked 23 more pineapples than Kai. How many pineapples did they each pick?


  7. Dear Mrs. Yollis,
    We like the way you posted all the videos about how to do math problems. Wow, we appreeciate how you taught us step by step!
    We are learning about rounding in math now.
    Here's an example:
    59 rounds to 60
    652 rounds to 700
    Do you know how to round up or down?
    Mrs. Lee's class with Mrs. Hembree

  8. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    I love this strategy for these types of word problems! Furthermore, I love that your students checked their work to make sure it was correct. Nicely done!

    Here's my contribution:
    There are many cacti in the Sonoran Desert. I am looking at 14. There are 6 more saguaro than ocotillo. How many saguaros are there? How many ocotillo are there?

    Kind regards,
    Mrs. Watanabe

  9. Hi Mrs. Yollis and class,
    I thought this was a great idea for creating and solving maths problems as well as learning more about symbols from other countries. I solved the Calafonia Quail problem because the picture caught my eye. Did you know we have that same bird over here in New Zealand. It must have been introduced at some point.
    Miss. Leakey

  10. Mrs. Yollis and class,
    My name is Kimberly Lefferson and I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I am currently enrolled in EDM310 a class for future teachers. I think it's a great idea to share word problems with others! Word problems are fun when you know how to solve them in many ways! You seem to be doing a great job in solving the word problems! Keep up the good work! I look forward to reading your class blog some more.

  11. Dear Mrs. Yollis and bloggers,
    I am a student in Dr. Strange's EDM 310 class in Mobile, AL. I truly enjoy your entire blog, as well as this particular post. I love the way schools from all over the world have the ability to interact with the class. I am originally from Spartanburg, SC so I really loved seeing Miss Tripp's class project ideas. Is hers a class that you all collaborate with regularly, or was this your first time? Your blog is a huge inspiration for me as a future educator!
    Frances Judd

  12. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

    My name is Jill Lazzari and I am currently enrolled in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I enjoyed reading this blog post. I love the idea of asking other class blogger's to come up with math word problems to share. It was great seeing all the different schools that participated and shared their ideas with the class. All the math word problems that were created were great! Keep up the good work class!

    -Jill Lazzari


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