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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 3-5.



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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 two-week problem. ... more>>

Across the Netherlands - Maggie Hos-McGrane
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 5. Help sort out this bike trip through the Netherlands (requires a bit of map reading). Initially a two-week problem. ... more>>

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 two-week problem. ... more>>

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? ... more>>

Aidan's Millimeter Measurements - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 1. Calculate Aidan's height and age based on his well-baby measurements at the doctor's office. ... more>>

Alien Operations - Teaching the Young Learner Group
Elementary, difficulty level 2. Can you help scientists decipher the operation symbols on this alien artifact? ... more>>

All Aboard! - Claire Mead
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. How long will Sasha's train trip from Washington to Chicago take? ... more>>

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? ... more>>

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? ... more>>

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. ... more>>

Assembly Seating - Claire Mead
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. What is Ben's plan for arranging chairs for the school assembly? ... more>>

At the Movies - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Explore the changes in movie and theater prices. ... more>>

Back-to-School 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? ... more>>

Back-to-school Supplies - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Help calculate the total bill for these back-to-school supplies. ... more>>

Baseball Cards - Claire Mead
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. How many cards does each of the three boys have in his baseball card collection? ... more>>

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? ... more>>

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? ... more>>

The Big Balloon Blowup - Leon Roland & class
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Help Ulrike and Lars determine the number of balloons in each bag. ... more>>

Birds in Trees - Steve Maurer
Elementary, difficulty level 3. Can you figure out the number of trees in the courtyard? ... more>>

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. ... more>>

Birthday Pictures - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Join Ms. Juncos's fourth-grade team in a comparison of seasons of birthdays. ... more>>

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? ... more>>

Birthday Trip - Kristina Lasher
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Just how far is the trip to Aunt Mazie's house? ... more>>

Bobsled Sums - Bob and Claire Mead
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Find which men rode with driver number 1 on his four-man bobsled. ... more>>

Borrowed Books - Teaching the Young Learner Group
Elementary, difficulty level 2. Determine the number of books in the borrowing library created by three friends. ... more>>

Bouncing Babies - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Make predictions based on conversation at a recent baby shower. ... more>>

Building Barns * - Claire Mead
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. How long will it take Amy's crew to build a barn? ... more>>

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. ... more>>

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? ... more>>

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. ... more>>

Buy the Numbers - Claire Mead
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. How many apartments can Tabitha number with the digits she purchased? ... more>>

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. ... more>>

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? ... more>>

Campfire Camaraderie - Jessica Philips from Western Oregon University
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 1. How did the animals place themselves around the campfire? ... more>>

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? ... more>>

Catching Up! - Kristina Lasher
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Marika is catching up to her father's age. How can that be? ... more>>

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. ... more>>

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? ... more>>

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. ... more>>

Chelsea's Number Puzzle - Claire Mead
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Help Chelsea solve this addition number puzzle using the numbers 1 through 9. ... more>>

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? ... more>>

Chime Time - Lisa Lavelle (adapted)
Elementary, difficulty level 3. Determine how long it takes a clock to chime. ... more>>

The Chocolate Allergy Revelation - Antiquity (Steve Earth)
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 5. Use meta-reasoning to deduce the ages of three people based on a product, a sum, and a seemingly irrelevant third piece of information. ... more>>

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? ... more>>

Choosy Chooser's Choices - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 4. Find out how many outfits Charlene can put together for a sunny day. ... more>>

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. ... more>>

Circles Around - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Use this exploration problem to discover the relation between circumference and diameter. ... more>>

Clock Work - Claire Mead
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. How did Maria and Sammy arrange their pencils on the clock face? ... more>>

Common Cents - Claire Mead
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. How much money do Monique and Misty each contribute toward Mom's Valentine's candy? ... more>>

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? ... more>>

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