## Monday, September 29, 2014

### A New Word Problem

Today we learned about a new kind of math problem. It was different than other word problems we've done.   Usually word problems ask questions like:

How many in all?         How many more?       How many fewer?

This was a new kind of word problem.
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?

Here is a tutorial a student made illustrating one way to solve this type of problem.

What do you think of this process?

Here is another math problem to solve.

 Photo by Mrs. Ranney

Frogger and Curious George left 45 comments on the blog.
Frogger left 5 more comments than Curious George.

How many comments did Frogger leave?
How many comments did Curious George leave?

Write one of these new word problem for the class to use for practice?

1. Dear class,

Here are some "Split the Difference" problem for you to solve at home!

PROBLEM 1:

Cookie and Muffin were baking cupcakes. Together they made 156 cupcakes. Cookie made 6 more than Muffin. How many cupcakes did Cookie make? How many cupcakes did Muffin make?

PROBLEM 2: Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul were shooting free throws. Together they made 58 free throws. Chris Paul shot 12 more than Kobe. How many free throws did Chris Paul shoot? How many did Kobe shoot?

PROBLEM 3:

Amelia Earhart and Bessie Coleman were aviators. Together they flew 80 trips. Amelia Earhart flew 8 more than Bessie Coleman. How many flights did Amelia Earhart fly? How many flights did Bessie Coleman fly?

PROBLEM 4:

Mrs. Yollis and Mrs. Ranney were typing comments. Together they left 185 comments. Because she is retired, Mrs. Ranney was able to type 15 more comments than Mrs. Yollis. How many comments did Mrs. Ranney leave? How many comments did Mrs. Yollis leave?

PROBLEM 5:

Sam and Tabby were taking a spelling test. Together they spelled 37 words correctly. Sam spelled 5 more words correctly than Tabby. How many words did Sam spell correctly? How many words did Tabby get right?

Good luck everyone!

Visitors, feel free to make up some word problems of your own! My students would love to solve them!

Warmly,
Mrs. Y♥llis and class

2. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

This is my word problem: Sam and Mrs. Yollis made 37 paintings.
Sam made 7 more painting then Mrs. Yollis. How many paintings did Sam make? How many paintings did Mrs. Yollis make?

Sincerely,
Sam

1. Dear Sam,

I figured out the problem. Sam made 22 paintings and Mrs. Yollis made 15 paintings. Together they have 37.

Nicholas

2. Dear Sam.

I used my head and found out that Sam would have made 22 paintings and Mrs. Yollis made 15 paintings Intotal they both have 37. Make sure to check out my class blog!

Thank you,
Chris

3. Dear Sam,

Sam has 22 painting and Mrs. Yollis has 15 paintings.

Now I have a problem for you.
My brother and I played basketball.
We made 127 shots all together.
I made 13 more shots than my brother.
How many shots did my brother make? How many shots did I make?

Liron

3. Hi Mrs.Yollis,

I have a problem for everyone to solve here it is:

My Mom and Dad have 89 coffee mugs. My Dad has 15 more coffee mugs than my Mom. How many more coffee mugs does my Dad have than my Mom? How many coffee mugs does my Mom have?

From,
Aryana

1. Dear Aryana,

Now I have a split problem.

Megan and Sofie had made 200 flags together. Megan made 50 more. How many flags did Megan make? How many did Sofie make?

Have fun trying to solve this problem!

Asha

4. Dear Mrs. Yollis,
I figured out the answer to problem two.I got Chris Paul made 35 free throws and Kobe Bryant made 23 free throws.I hope you can give us more splitting the difference problems!
Sincerely,
Sean

5. Dear Mrs. Yollis and Class,

Here is my Split Difference Problem:

During the Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos game, Marshawn Lynch and Montee Ball ran a total of 126 yards.

Marshawn Lynch ran 50 more yards than Montee Ball.

How many yards did Marshawn Lynch run? How many yards did Montee Ball run?

Good luck!

Sincerely,
Derrick

1. Dear Derrick,
Marshawn Lynch ran a total of 88 yards and Montee Ball ran 38 yards.That was a good challenge.
Sincerely,
Sean

6. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

Asha made six more cookies than Kate. How many cookies did Asha make? How many did Kate make?

Sincerely,
Asha

7. Dear, Mrs.Yollis and class,

Here is my split the difference problem:

Leah and Kaia did 187 kicks in dance. Leah did 8 more kicks than Kaia. How many kicks did Kaia do? How many kicks did Leah do?

Have fun,
Leah

8. Dear class,

Buck and Panda were dock diving into Pelican Lake, Minnesota. Together they jumped 23 feet. Buck jumped one foot farther than Panda. How many feet did Panda jump? How many feet did Buck leap?

Mrs. Y♥llis

1. Dear Mrs.Yollis,

I solved your math problem! We all know that Buck and Panda together jumped 23 feet so, I am thinking that Buck jumped 22 feet and Panda jumped 1 foot.

If I am wrong, please respond back to me and if not, then see my own math problem.

Warmly,
Kayla:]

9. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

I have a word problem:

Beverly and Panda have many dogs. Together they have 154 dogs. Panda has 4 more dogs then Beverly. How many does Panda have? How many does Beverly have?

(This is not true)

Sincerely,
Tabitha

10. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

All together, the fridge and the freezer are keeping 30 things cold. The fridge has 7 more items inside than the freezer. How many things are in the fridge? How many things are in the freezer?

11. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

I have a math problem.

Lily and Mindy went to the candy store. Together they bought 256 candies. Lily bought 36 more than Mindy. How many more candies did Lily buy than Mindy?

Warmly,
Kayla

1. Dear Kayla,

Lily has bought 146 candies and Mindy bought 110 candies.

I have a math problem for someone to solve.
Here is my problem.
Ruby and Coco make 84 necklaces.
How many did Ruby make?
How many did Coco make?

Sincerely,
Asha

Sincerly,

2. Dear Mrs.Yollis and class,

I have another problem.
Sunny and Jenny made 75 cupcakes.
Jenny made 13 more cupcakes than Sunny.
How many did Jenny make?
How many did Sunny make?

Good Luck!

Sincerely,
Asha

12. Dear class and Mrs. Yollis,
Here is a good splitting problem.
Sean and Nicholas hit 64 home runs altogether.
Sean hit 8 more home runs than Nicholas.
How many home runs did Sean hit?
How many home runs did Nicholas hit?
Good luck solving.
Sean

1. Dear Sean,

I figured out your problem! Sean hit 36 home runs and Nicholas hit 28 home runs. That equals 64 home runs altogether!

Nicholas
Go Angels!

13. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

I've figured out problem 3. Amelia flew 44 flights and Bessie flew 36 flights.

I have my own split the difference problem. Nic and Anonymous played 148 hand ball rounds in total. Nic played 12 more handball games than Anonymous. How many rounds did each of us play?

Nic

P.S. who do you think Anonymous is?

14. Dear Kayla,

I have an answer to your math problem. Lily bought 146 candies and Mindy bought 110 candies. Together they bought 256 candies. That is a lot of candies!

Now, I have a math problem for someone to solve.

Maggie and Molly, our Golden Retriever puppies, chewed up 58 sprinklers. Molly chewed up 32 more sprinklers than Maggie. How many sprinklers did Molly chew? How many sprinklers did Maggie chew?

Good luck!

Sincerely,
Ty

15. Dear Tabitha and the class,

Now,I have a problem for someone to solve.

Kiano and Nic both make 38 goals in soccer, Kiano makes 4 more goals.How many goals did they each make?
Good luck!

16. Dear Mrs. Yollis & class, i have a word problem for you,

Chicken 1 lays 78 eggs in 1 year, Chicken 2 lays 63 egg in 1 year,

how many more eggs does Chicken 1 lay in 1 year

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17. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,
I have got a problem for you guys to solve! James and Johnny have made 184 movies altogether. James has made 24 more movies than Johnny. How many movies has James made? How many movies has Johnny made?
Nicholas

18. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

I have another problem.
Sunny and Jenny made 75 cupcakes.
Jenny made 13 more cupcakes than Sunny.
How many did Jenny make?
How many did Sunny make?

Good Luck!

Sincerely,
Asha

19. Dear Mrs. Yollis & Class,
First of all, let us tell you how much we enjoy visiting your blog. We are a class of Gr.5/6 students from London, Ontario Canada.
We would like to share with you a few word problems for you to try--with a Canadian twist!

1. Mrs. Yollis has 60 bottles of maple syrup. Yum! Fred has 21 more than Mrs. Yollis. How many bottles does Fred have?

2. Tim Horton and Don Cherry made 30 maple candies together. Tim Horton made 17 more than Don Cherry. How many did Tim make? How many did Don make?

20. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,
I am a student from a grade 5/6 class in London, ON, Canada. My class left a few Canadian word problems, but I didn't get to say mine. So here they are;

1. Lucy and Emma have 40 apples. Lucy has 12 more apples than Emma. How many apples does Lucy have? How many apples does Emma have?

2. Terry and Nikki have 25 pumpkins all together. Nikki has 13 more pumpkins than Terry. How many pumpkins does Nikki have? How many pumpkins does Terry have?

Please check out my blog at www.learningin21.edublogs.org !

Stephenie!

21. Dear class,

I have a word problem. Sponge Bob and Patrick are collecting seashells. All together they collected 89 seashells. Sponge Bob collected 11 more than Patrick. How many seashells did Sponge Bob collect? How many seashells did Patrick collect?

Sincerely,
Sean

22. Dear Class,
I have some word problems.
Sean and Braeden were collecting hockey and baseball cards.In all they collected 126.Sean collected 8 more than Braeden. How many cards did Sean collect?How many cards did Braeden collect?

Hayden and Sean were cracking eggs.
In all they cracked a total of 42.Sean cracked 6 more than Hayden.How many eggs did Sean crack? How many eggs did Hayden crack?
Sincerely,
Sean

23. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

I solved Sean's first problem. Sean has 67 cards and Braeden has 59 cards.

I have a word problem too. Nic and Griffin were eating pie. In total they ate 30 pieces of pie. Nic ate 12 more pieces of pie than Griffin. How many pieces of pie did Nic eat? How many did Griffin eat?

Sincerely,
Nic

P.S. This is not a true story.

24. Dear Nic,

I solved your word problem.The answer is Nic ate 21 pieces of pie and Griffin ate 9 pieces of pie.

I have a word problem too. Michael and my sister Hannah ate 36 pieces of cake in one week. Michael ate 12 more pieces of chocolate cake than Hannah. How many pieces of cake did Michael and Hannah ate?

From
MIchael

25. Hi Everybody!

I love the split the difference strategy!

Mr. Ranney and I just got back from a camping trip in Kings Canyon National Park. Here's a problem that goes with our trip:

While camping in Kings Canyon, Mr. and Mrs. Ranney saw many beautiful, tall sequoia trees. The two tallest trees had a combined height of 275 feet and a difference of 25 feet. How tall were each of the two trees?

I'm looking forward to seeing who can solve the problem!

Hope to see you all soon!

Sincerely,
Mrs. Ranney

1. Mrs. Y♥llis and ClassOctober 7, 2014 at 1:17 PM

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@ Mrs. Ranney,

We just solved your marvelous Split the Difference problem. Here is the answer: One tree is 125 feet and the other tree is 150 feet.

We looked at Sequoia tree online. Sequoia trees are very big! One tree, called General Sherman tree, is quite massive. This giant has grown to be 275 feet tall. In addition, it is very old. We read that it is 2,300–2,700 years old. That is a lot of birthday candles!

Here is a problem for you.
Mrs. Ranney and Mrs. Yollis were making birthday cakes. Together they made three cakes. Mrs. Ranney made one more than Mrs. Yollis made. How many cakes did Mrs. Ranney make? How many did Mrs. Yollis make?

This one was so easy, it was difficult!

Hope you are having a great birthday!

Mrs. Y♥llis and class

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2. @Mrs. Yollis and Class,

Nice job in solving the Sequoia mystery and doing some great research as well!

There is just one question I have: What kind of cakes were they?

By the way, I am so glad to see my old friends Curious George and Frogger here in your post!

I am having a great birthday! One of the best parts was hearing your song and getting to talk to you!

Cheers!
The Birthday Girl/Mrs. Ranney

26. Bonnie (Nic's grandmother)November 12, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Dear Mrs. Yollis and Class,

I never learned how to solve word problems like the one in the video, but my grandson (Nic) helped me figure out how to do it. Now that I understand the method, I will give you a word problem. Can you get the correct answer? Nic and his grandma walked 30 miles. Nic's grandma walked 6 more miles that Nic. How many miles did Nic walk? How many miles did his grandma walk?

Good luck,
Bonnie (Nic's grandmother)

27. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,
I have a word problem. Airplane one and two flew 80 miles in all.
Airplane one flew 20 more miles than airplane two. How many miles did airplane one fly? How many miles did airplane two fly?

Sincerely,
Nic

28. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

Here is my word problem. Evan and Sean were throwing balls in baseball. Sean and Evan threw a total of 90 balls. Sean threw 10 more balls than Evan.

How many balls did Evan throw? How many balls did Sean throw?

Sincerely,
Sean

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