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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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Holiday Shopping and Surfing - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Help Charlene calculate the change she'll have left for holiday card supplies after she completes her online shopping. ... more>>

Homework-Free Fridays - Claire Mead
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. How many different ways can Donna roll the blue and red dice to win a weekend free of homework? ... more>>

Horsin' Around - Claire Mead
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. How long does it take Zachary to complete his journey on horseback and on foot? ... more>>

Horton's Clover Hunt - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 4. Find out how fast Horton had to work picking clovers. ... more>>

Hot Dog Day! - Jeffrey Mo
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Determine how many large hot dogs have been ordered for this special day. ... more>>

How Does Your Garden Grow? - Team 7 Red Math Students -- Highland Middle School
Elementary, difficulty level 4. Help the HMS students find out how many ways they can arrange their schoolyard garden. ... more>>

How Many Actors? - Kristina Lasher and Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Can you help the director of the spring musical check to see if Madera spoke with each actor about costumes? ... more>>

How Much Was That Ticket? - Lisa Lavelle - idea suggested by Jody Newman
Elementary, difficulty level 4. Determine how much I spent at the movie theater. ... more>>

How Old is Dad? - Claire Mead
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Use the clues to find out how old Dad is. ... more>>

How Old is Mia? - Claire Mead
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Use Mia's clues to find how old she is. ... more>>

How Old is Santa Claus? - Claire Mead
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 4. Use your knowledge of fractions to discover how old Santa is. ... more>>

How Safe Is Your Bike? - Chief Brian Craig and Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Compare the bicycle theft rates in three different cities. ... more>>

I Get A Kick Out Of Soccer! - Judy Ann Brown
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. How many laps of the soccer field would a team member need to complete to run more than a mile? ... more>>

I Like to Palindrive! - Kristina Lasher
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. How many palindromic numbers will appear on Kristina's odometer in October, 2003? ... more>>

Imogene the Imp * - Claire Mead
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. How many people have to get on the Ferris Wheel before Imogene is at the front of the line? ... more>>

Inching Along Down the Football Field - Terrel Trotter
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Fred put his football down on a goal line of the 100-yard field. He then moved it forward half the field distance, over and over again. When did the distance first become less than one inch? ... more>>

In Their Prime - Claire Mead
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Use the clues about multiples and primes to figure out how old Jonathan and Hazel are. ... more>>

Irish Specials - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Calculate the final bill for our St. Patrick's Day dinner last week. ... more>>

Is There Really a Discount? - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Determine which friend is correct about the final price on a sales item. ... more>>

It's Summer in Melbourne - Claire Mead
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. How many hours of sunlight does Melbourne, Australia, have on its longest day of the year? ... more>>

A Jar of Coins - Claire Mead
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Use fraction clues to discover how many pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters I have in my jar. ... more>>

Jason's Piggy Bank - Claire Mead
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. How many nickels did Jason find in his piggy bank? ... more>>

Jellybean Fractions - Lisa Lavelle
Elementary, difficulty level 2. Determine good and bad choices in playing the Jellybean Fractions Game. ... more>>

Jellybean Rectangles - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Have fun figuring out strategy in the Jellybean Rectangle game. ... more>>

Jumping Rope - Leon Roland & class
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Just how long was the rope with which we started? ... more>>

Just the Facts * - Claire Mead
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. It's not a good idea to guess in this game! Find out how many multiplication facts Zach got right. ... more>>

The Kickball Tournament - Diane Anderson's Teaching the Diverse Young Learner Class at Swarthmore College and Claire Mead
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 1. How many players will Ms. Emery put on each kickball team? ... more>>

A Larger Garden - Kristina Lasher
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Can you increase the area of a garden but use less fencing to protect it from the deer? ... more>>

Lawn-Mowing Chore - Judy Ann Brown
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 4. Find the area of the yard that Josh, Sam, and Mark must mow. ... more>>

Let the Chips Fall . . . - Claire Mead
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Use clues about sums to determine which digits are on the reverse sides of three given chips. ... more>>

Lighting the Menorah - Lillian Ray and Claire Mead
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 1. How many candles are used during Chanukah? ... more>>

Lost in Space - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 4. Figure out how big an error the engineers made when they mixed up their units. ... more>>

Lucky Lettuce Land - Kainoa Trotter, et al.
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Help Farmer Lucky fence his lettuce land. ... more>>

Lunch Bunch Budgets - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Determine the number of children needed for the lunch bunch budget to balance. ... more>>

Luscious Lemonade - Judy Ann Brown
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. The label on the lemon concentrate says that I need to mix 2 cups of concentrate with 3 cups of water. How much lemon concentrate should I buy to make 25 gallons of lemonade? ... more>>

The Mad Hatter's Gone! - Leanne Gater
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 4. Explore a coordinate plane and help the Cheshire Cat find his favorite cheese. ... more>>

Magic Square Jumble - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Help straighten out this magic square. ... more>>

Marble Mayhem - Claire Mead
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Fred and his friends divide the marbles in several different ways, but there is always one left over. ... more>>

March Madness! - Teaching the Young Learner Class
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Given four clues, figure out which pair of friends won a basketball game. ... more>>

Math Club Field Trip - Claire Mead
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. How many people returned from the Math Club field trip in Miss Noether's van? ... more>>

Math Club Lollipop Profits - Judy Ann Brown
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. The Math Club plans to sell lollipops. Help them to calculate their profit. ... more>>

The Math Teacher's Ties - Brentwood College School - Math 12(1)
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Read the rhyme and determine the number of ties the math teacher has in his wardrobe. ... more>>

McPrincipal's Night at McDee's - Antonietta D.
Elementary, difficulty level 4. Just how much did the teachers from Mathematics Elementary School sell (and earn) in their charity drive? ... more>>

Mean Jellybeans - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 4. Take a look at averages with Mr. Cal Q. Later and his class. ... more>>

Meters of Money - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Help Ms. Juncos's class determine the amount of money they will raise with this metric project. ... more>>

A Million in Time - Lisa Lavelle
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. "Human beings can expect to live a million..." Use your conversion skills to determine which unit of time best completes this statement. ... more>>

Mini-Mall Measurements - Claire Mead
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Use given measurements of the stores in the mini-mall to find the area and dimensions of other stores. ... more>>

Mini-Movie Theater Seating - Chrissy Stewart (adapted)
Elementary, difficulty level 3. How many rowdy kids can sit in the Mini-Movie Theater? ... more>>

Miracle Miranda and the Mascot - Claire Mead
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 4. Compare salaries of the star player and the team mascot. ... more>>

Missing Pages - Claire Mead
Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Drew's math book is missing a page. What are the page numbers on the missing page? ... more>>

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