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Problems based on
Henry Hikes to Fitchburg
by D.B. Johnson
These problems are available for downlad: [Word doc] or [pdf]

Primary Grades:

  1. How much money did Henry’s friend earn in all?
  2. How much money did Henry’s friend have left after he bought his train ticket to Fitchburg?
  3. How much would it cost Henry’s friend to take a round trip to Fitchburg?

Elementary/Middle Grades:

  1. What was the cost per mile for Henry’s friend’s trip to Fitchburg?
  2. Write each amount of money earned as a decimal and as a fraction in simplest form.
  3. Construct a stem and leaf plot for Henry’s friend’s earnings.
  4. Use the data from question #3 to find the range, the mean, the median, and the mode.
  5. Graph the data from question #3 into a bar graph, a line graph, and a pie graph.
  6. Find as many flips, slides, and turns on each page as possible. Identify them by drawing and labeling each.
  7. Identify as many lines of symmetry on each page as possible. Draw and label your findings.
  8. How many round trips to Fitchburg could Henry’s friend take if he earned $5.00? $10.00? $50.00? $150.00? You may use a chart or a drawing to show your work. Describe any pattern you noticed. Write a rule that can help you solve for any amount of money earned. Explain how you know you are correct.
by Sharon, MaryBeth and Elena
  1. A train ticket costs $0.90 to get to Fitchburg. Using a combination of at least one quarter, one dime, one nickel, and one penny, describe three ways to purchase your train ticket.
  2. A train ticket costs $0.90 to get to Fitchburg. Using a combination of at least one quarter, one dime, one nickel, and one penny, try to find a way to use the least amount of coins possible to purchase your train ticket.
  3. Calculate the time it took Henry's friend to earn $0.40. Clue: Look at his watch on the first few pages.

by Christine

Find at least two examples of symmetry on the page where Henry is waving good-bye to his friend. Explain how your examples are symmetrical.

by Colleen

1. By the time Henry climbed a tree in the story, what part of his trip had he already walked to Fitchburg? Write your answer as a fraction in lowest terms.

Answer: 30-18=12 12/30 = 2/5

2.When the friend got paid 20 cents for carrying flour from the mill, how many different combinations of coins could he have been paid with?

Answer: 8 ways
20 pennies
15 pennies, 1 nickel
10 pennies, 2 nickels
10 pennies, 1 dime
5 pennies, 3 nickels
5 pennies, 1 dime, 1 nickel
2 dimes
4 nickels

3. How many cents per mile does the train ticket cost?

Answer: 90 cents for 30 miles, or 3 cents per mile

by Kelly and Virginia

  1. Compare/contrast the methods of travel and explain which you would choose? Why?
  2. Estimate the average distance Henry traveled per stop?

by Mary and Jeff

3rd grade word problems

  1. Henry’s friend did many jobs to earn money for the train ticket to Fitchburg. Did he have any money left over after buying the ticket? Use pictures, numbers, and/or words to show how you got your answer.
  2. Make a bar graph titled “Job Earnings”. Label the graph with the name of the job and the amount of money he earned. Make bars to show the data.
    • Which job/jobs earned him the most money?
    • Which job/jobs earned him the least money?
    • Write a number sentence that shows how much more money Henry’s friend earned doing the best paying job from what he earned doing than the lowest paying job.
    • Show another way you could graph or plot the job data.
  3. Draw the combination of coins that Henry’s friend may have had in his pocket when he went to buy the ticket. Remember to pay attention to the coins he was paid after each job.
  4. Make a time line showing Henry’s friend’s activities from the morning until the evening. (Note the times on his watch.)

by Barbara

[This question refers to the page where Henry's friend is carrying five bags of flour in the wheelbarrow.]

If one half bag of flour can make either one pie or six pastries, how many pies and/or pastries can be made from 5 bags?

by Scott (guest)

These problems are available for downlad: [Word doc] or [pdf]


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