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The Math Fundamentals Problems are designed for those students who are working to strengthen their basic mathematics skills and who are beginning to make connections between
different areas of mathematics. The problems cover approximately the same materials as the NCTM Standards for Grades
35.
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Across Europe
 Lisa Lavelle

Elementary, difficulty level 3. Calculate Tray's gift "budget" during her first year working for Capital City Guidebooks (requires a bit of geography research). Initially a twoweek problem.
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Across the Netherlands
 Maggie HosMcGrane

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 5. Help sort out this bike trip through the Netherlands (requires a bit of map reading). Initially a twoweek problem.
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Across Wisconsin
 Jo Wenzler

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Determine how long it will take this athletic math teacher to bike across Wisconsin (requires a little map reading). Initially a twoweek problem.
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After School Snacks
 Claire Mead

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. How much money is Shawn spending on after school snacks? How long will
it take him to
save enough for a new calculator?
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Aidan's Millimeter Measurements
 Lisa Lavelle

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 1. Calculate Aidan's height and age based on his wellbaby measurements at the doctor's office.
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Alien Operations
 Teaching the Young Learner Group

Elementary, difficulty level 2. Can you help scientists decipher the operation symbols on this alien artifact?
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All Aboard!
 Claire Mead

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. How long will Sasha's train trip from Washington to Chicago take?
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Anderson's Pumpkin Patch
 Teaching the Young Learner Group and Lisa Lavelle

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. How many students are there in Ms. Juncos's fourth grade class?
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Anthony's Famous Butter Rolls
 Kristina Lasher

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. How many rolls will Anthony need to bake for the family's Thanksgiving feast?
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A Pound of Tea
 Claire Mead

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Find out how long a pound of tea would last Hazel if she were alone.
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Assembly Seating
 Claire Mead

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. What is Ben's plan for arranging chairs for the school assembly?
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At the Movies
 Lisa Lavelle

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Explore the changes in movie and theater prices.
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BacktoSchool Shopping
 Judy Ann Brown

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Mrs. Bender noticed that the total of the items her children purchased was $155. Can you determine the cost of one pair of jeans?
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Backtoschool Supplies
 Lisa Lavelle

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Help calculate the total bill for these backtoschool supplies.
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Baseball Cards
 Claire Mead

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. How many cards does each of the three boys have in his baseball card collection?
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Baseball Trivia
 Judy Ann Brown

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. How many runs do the Phillies have to score before the base runners have covered a mile?
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Basketball Bargain
 Chad Tollefson from Western Oregon University

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 1. Can Luis use the teacher's clues to figure out how many balls are in the closet? Can you?
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The Big Balloon Blowup
 Leon Roland & class

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Help Ulrike and Lars determine the number of balloons in each bag.
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Birds in Trees
 Steve Maurer

Elementary, difficulty level 3. Can you figure out the number of trees in the courtyard?
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Birthday Beach Bash
 Lisa Lavelle

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Help determine how many balloons were needed for party favors at the end of this celebration.
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Birthday Pictures
 Lisa Lavelle

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Join Ms. Juncos's fourthgrade team in a comparison of seasons of birthdays.
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Birthday Probability
 Kristina Lasher & Lisa Lavelle

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. What is the likelihood that someone is born on an even or odd day of
the month? Are you more likely to be born on a prime number day or a
multiple of 3?
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Birthday Trip
 Kristina Lasher

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Just how far is the trip to Aunt Mazie's house?
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Bobsled Sums
 Bob and Claire Mead

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Find which men rode with driver number 1 on his fourman bobsled.
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Borrowed Books
 Teaching the Young Learner Group

Elementary, difficulty level 2. Determine the number of books in the borrowing library created by three friends.
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Bouncing Babies
 Lisa Lavelle

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Make predictions based on conversation at a recent baby shower.
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Building Barns *
 Claire Mead

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. How long will it take Amy's crew to build a barn?
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Building Bouquets
 Amanda Knott and the Western Oregon University Mentors

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Help Jana determine how to divide her extra flowers for the flower shop special.
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Building the Fence
 Steve Risberg & Kristina Lasher

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Herta is building a fence. How wide will the gaps between the pickets be so that everything is spaced evenly?
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Bunches of Basil
 Lisa Lavelle

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Determine the maximum number of basil plants I will have after I finish thinning the garden.
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Buy the Numbers
 Claire Mead

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. How many apartments can Tabitha number with the digits she purchased?
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California Dreaming
 Judy Ann Brown

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Determine the length of time that will be needed to drive from Allentown, Pennsylvania, to Los Angeles, California.
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Campers' Cider
 Elizabeth Gardner (Western Oregon University) & Math Forum Staff

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. How much cider did the campers press for the evening festivities?
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Campfire Camaraderie
 Jessica Philips from Western Oregon University

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 1. How did the animals place themselves around the campfire?
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Can You Drink That Swimming Pool?
 Kristina Lasher

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Estimating the amount of water in a pool. About how long would it take
to drink that much water?
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Catching Up!
 Kristina Lasher

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Marika is catching up to her father's age. How can that be?
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Cat Walk
 Math Olympiad Problem (revised)

Elementary, difficulty level 2. Using the ratio of dog steps to cat steps and the length of a dog step, calculate the number of feet a cat walks in 24 steps.
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Change You Can't Count On
 Claire Mead

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. What is the greatest amount of money I can have in my pocket?
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Charlene Goes Shopping
 Lisa Lavelle

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Charlene needs to add some items to her winter collection. Help her determine where she should shop.
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Chelsea's Number Puzzle
 Claire Mead

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Help Chelsea solve this addition number puzzle using the numbers 1 through 9.
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Chicken Little's Eggs
 Jody Newman

Elementary, difficulty level 3. How many eggs did Chicken Little have in her basket at the start of her trip to town?
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Chime Time
 Lisa Lavelle (adapted)

Elementary, difficulty level 3. Determine how long it takes a clock to chime.
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The Chocolate Allergy Revelation
 Antiquity (Steve Earth)

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 5. Use metareasoning to deduce the ages of three people based on a product, a sum, and a seemingly irrelevant third piece of information.
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Choose Your Challenge
 Kristina Lasher

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Can Zak find a more precise measure of how much older his brother is than he is?
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Choosy Chooser's Choices
 Lisa Lavelle

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 4. Find out how many outfits Charlene can put together for a sunny day.
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Cicada Circus
 Kristina Lasher and special thanks to John Cooley

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Use the table of information about periodical cicadas to figure out when
the next time is that there will be three years in a row without an
emergence.
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Circles Around
 Lisa Lavelle

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Use this exploration problem to discover the relation between circumference and diameter.
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Clock Work
 Claire Mead

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. How did Maria and Sammy arrange their pencils on the clock face?
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Common Cents
 Claire Mead

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. How much money do Monique and Misty each contribute toward Mom's Valentine's candy?
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Cool Cubes
 Heather Cool and Lisa Lavelle

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Can Jackie really mark her cubes so that each sum from 1 to 36 is possible?
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