Mixed Word Problems!
Mixed Word Problems!
Mixed Word Problems!
Mixed Word Problems!
Mixed Word Problems!

100

Jose has 2 2/3 bags of popcorn. Emmanuel has 1 ¾ bags of popcorn. How much do they have together?

"Together" & the fact that we are talking about things that are the same, indicates we add. 4 5/12. 

100

Objects on Neptune weigh about 4/5 of their weight on Earth. If a dog weighs 40 pounds on Earth, how much would it weigh on Neptune?

Multiply. A dog weighs 4/5 of its weight on Neptune. 4/5 of 40 pounds. We are asking, "What is 4/5 OF 40?" Answer: 32

100

Mrs. Campbell made cookies. One recipe calls for 3 ¼ cups of flour. The second recipe calls for 2 1/5 cups flour. How much flour did she use in all?
"In all" is a clue to add! 5 9/20

100

Mrs. Campbell is making holiday treats. She needs 5 cups of flour. She has 1 1/3 cups of flour. How much more flour does she need?
"How much more," indicates we are looking for a difference in what she needs and what she has. Subtract. Answer: 3 2/3. If you got it wrong, check to see that you borrowed. When you only have a fraction on the bottom, you can't just drop it down or you've not subtracted it!

100

Before she went to the hairdresser, Sheila's hair was 7 1/2 inches long. When she left the salon, it was 5 1/4 inches long. How much of her hair did Sheila cut off?
Subtract. 2 1/4 inches. You are looking for the difference in how long her hair was and how long it is now.

200

Matti's family has to travel 78 1/5 miles to see her grandmother. They have already traveled 32 1/3 miles. How much farther do they have to go?

"How much farther" indicated you were looking for the difference so subtract. 

Answer: 45 13/15

200

Jordyn has a jumprope that is 6 1/3 feet long. Taylor's jumprope is 4 2/3 feet long. How much longer is Jordyn's rope?

Subtract! Clue phrase, "How much longer," so we know we are looking for a difference. Answer: 1 2/3. If you missed this check to see if you borrowed correctly.

200

Hannah counted 21 pieces of candy. She ate 4/7 of the candy. How much candy did she eat?
Multiply! Hannah ate 4/7 of the candy. She ate 4/7 OF 21 pieces of candy. We are asking, "What is 4/7 OF 21." Answer: 12

200

Ms. Swegman has 2 1/3 pounds of chocolate. She will use 2/3 of the chocolate for her holiday truffles. How much will she use?
Multiply. Ms. S used 2/3 of the chocolate. 2/3 OF 2 1/3 lbs. chocolate. Answer: 1 5/9 pounds

200

In the US, 3/25 of the population is left-handed males. 1/10 are left-handed females. What part of the population is left-handed?
Since all the lefties are either male of female, we are adding to find the total. 11/50

300

Caroline has won ¾ of her hockey games. She has played 24 games. How many has she won?

Multiply! Casey won 3/4 of her games. 3/4 of 24 games. Answer: 18

300

Ms. Jones has 4 2/3 lbs of potatoes. She used 1/3 of the potatoes. How many lbs of potatoes did she use?
Multiply! Ms. Jones used 1/3 of the 4 2/3 pounds of potatoes. Answer: 1 5/9

300

Before she went to the hairdresser, Sheila's hair was 7 1/2 inches long. When she left the salon, it was 5 1/4 inches long. How much of her hair did Sheila cut off?
Subtract. We are looking for the difference between the length of Sheila's hair before and after. Answer: 2 1/4 inches

300

Ben and Daniel wanted to see who was taller. They had their mom measure their heights with a yardstick. Ben was 52 3/8 inches tall, and Daniel was 48 1/3 inches tall. How much taller is Ben than Daniel?
Subtract. "How much taller," indicates we are looking for a difference. Answer: 4 1/24.

300

A pot of chili holds 10 2/3 cups. Each portion is 3/4 cup. How many portions of chili does the big pot hold?
Divide! You are taking a total amount (10 2/3) and seeing how many 3/4 cups portions go into making up the 10 2/3. Don't forget to KCF! Answer: 8

400

Ria is making samples of one of her fashion designs. She has 14 yards of fabric. Each sample takes 2 ¼ yards of fabric. How many samples can she make?

The clue is that you are taking a total amount (14 yards) and seeing how many 2 1/4 yards pieces you can make. KCF! The exact answer would be 6 2/9, but since you can't make 2/9 of a clothing sample, we would drop our remainder and final answer is 6. 

400

Lilli bought 14 yards of material to make chair cushions. She cut the material into pieces 1 ¾ yards long to make each cushion. How many cushions did Lilli make?
Divide! The clue is, you are taking a total amount (14 yards) and seeing how many 1 3/4 yards pieces Lilli can cut. Answer: 8

400

A group of Boy Scouts are cutting rope to prepare for their next rock climbing activity. They have 24 ft of rope, and each Boy Scout will need 3 1/5 ft of rope for his gear. How many Boy Scouts will get their rope?
Divide! You are starting with the total amount of 24 ft of rope, and you are seeing how many 3 1/5 feet pieces the Boy Scouts can cut from that. Don't forget 24 has to come first, and you have to KCF! Exact Answer: 7 1/2, but since no one wants to rock climb with 1/2 of a rope, we will drop our remainder and say 7. Give yourself points if you said 7 1/2, just know that might be tricky in multiple choice!

400

Mary needs 3/7 cup of sugar to bake a cake. How much will she need to bake 3 cakes?
Multiply/Add. We could add 3/7 three times, but anytime we can repeatedly add, we can also multiply. Answer 1 2/7

400

If one batch of cookies calls for 1 2/3 cups flour, how much flour will you need for 8 batches?
Multiply/Add. We could add 1 2/3 eight times, but anytime you can repeatedly add, you can also multiply! Answer: 13 1/3

500

Most people dream about ¼ of the time they sleep. How long will you probably dream tonight if you sleep 8 hours?

"What is 1/4 OF 8?" Multiply

Answer: 2 hours

500

Ms. Campbell had 18 lbs of oranges. She gave away 5/6 of the oranges. How much did she keep for her family?
Multiply. She gave away 5/6 of the oranges. We're asking, "What is 5/6 OF 18 lbs." Answer: 15 lbs

500

It took Brad 3/5 of an hour to drive from his house to Athens, Georgia. Brad drove another 3/4 of an hour to Auburn, Georgia. How long did Brad drive in all?
"In all" is a big clue to add! 17/20 of an hour or 51 minutes since 17/20 OF 60 = 51)

500

Mary needs 3/7 cup of sugar to bake a cake. How much will she need to bake 3 cakes?
Multiply/Add. We could add 3/7 three times, but anytime we can repeatedly add, we can also multiply. Answer: 1 2/7

500

Bev wants to make 2 1/2 recipes of play clay for her daughter's birthday party. If each recipe calls for 3 2/3 teaspoons of salt, how much salt will she need?
Multiply! EACH recipe needs 3 2/3 teaspoons salt, and you are making 2 1/2 recipes Answer: 9 1/6