Problem of the Week Archive: 4-6

Problem of the Week 12_30

Season: 
12
Problem ID Number: 
30
Week Of: 
Monday, May 7, 2012
Due Date: 
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Grade Levels: 
4-6
Content Standards: 
Grade 4, MG 1.2, 1.3
Problem Of the Week Printout: 

1. Can you write 1/2 as the sum of two unit fractions? 1/(2 ) = 1/a+ 1/b
How many combinations can you find?

2. Are there any rectangles whose area and perimeter have the same numerical value? How many can you find?

3. How do think question 1 and 2 relate to one another?

Fresno County Office of Education • Larry Powell, Superintendent
Carl Veater, Math on Call Program Producer, cveater@fcoe.org, (559) 265-3065
Fax: (559) 265-3041
2011-2012

Problem of the Week 12_26

Season: 
12
Problem ID Number: 
26
Week Of: 
Monday, March 26, 2012
Due Date: 
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Grade Levels: 
4-6
Content Standards: 
Grade 4 MR 1.2, 2.2, 2.4, 3.3
Problem Of the Week Printout: 

The table shows a list of numbers. For every number listed in the table, multiply by 2 and record the result on the right.
1. What is the result of multiplying an even or odd number by 2? Will this always happen? Draw a picture to show why or why not.

2. Create a new table with the same numbers in the left column. This time, multiply the number by 2 and then add 1. Record this result on the right.

3. How do the results from the first table relate to the results in your new table? Why do you think that is?

4. What conclusions can you make about how even and odd numbers work?

Problem of the Week 12_22

Season: 
12
Problem ID Number: 
22
Week Of: 
Monday, February 27, 2012
Due Date: 
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Grade Levels: 
4-6
Content Standards: 
Grade 4, NS 1.6, 1.9 Grade 5, NS 1.5
Problem Of the Week Printout: 

I am a number that can be written as a decimal or as a fraction. I am less than ½ and more than 1/3. As a decimal, all three of my digits are different and odd. The sum of my tenths’ and hundredths’ digits is less than 9. The sum of my tenths’ and thousandths’ digits is less than seven.

1.Who am I? Describe me as a decimal, a fraction, and in words. How are these descriptions related?
2.Draw a number line to show my location. What is my exact distance from one?
Show all steps and thinking used to find the mystery number.

Problem of the Week 12_18

Season: 
12
Problem ID Number: 
18
Week Of: 
Monday, January 30, 2012
Due Date: 
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Grade Levels: 
4-6
Content Standards: 
Grade 5, NS 2.5
Problem Of the Week Printout: 

The students in Roberto’s class are growing wheatgrass seedlings in different conditions for a science project. Roberto noticed that Patricia’s seedlings are 1 1/2 times a tall as his own. He also notices that Cody’s seedlings are 3/4 as tall as his own.
1. Which of the seedling cups must belong to each student? Explain your reasoning.
2. Roberto’s seedlings are 8 inches tall. Find the height in inches of the wheatgrass in the other two cups. Solve the problem in at least two ways.

Fresno County Office of Education • Larry Powell, Superintendent

Problem of the Week 12_14

Season: 
12
Problem ID Number: 
14
Week Of: 
Monday, December 12, 2011
Due Date: 
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Grade Levels: 
4-6
Content Standards: 
Grade 5, NS 2.4, Grade 6, NS 2.2
Problem Of the Week Printout: 

Your classmate Evelyn says,
When you multiply by a number, you will always get a result larger than the number you start with. Look, I can show you.

Start with 7.
Multiply by 5. 7×5=35
The answer is 35, and 35 >7
35 is bigger than 7.

It even works for fractions.

Start with 1/2.
Multiply by 4. 1/2 × 4 = 2
The answer is 2, and 2 > 1/2
2 is bigger than 1/2.

Do you agree with Evelyn? Why or why not? For what numbers will Evelyn's rule work? For what numbers will Evelyn's rule not work? Explain and give examples.
Attach additional pages as necessary.

Problem of the Week 12_10

Season: 
12
Problem ID Number: 
10
Week Of: 
Monday, November 7, 2011
Due Date: 
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Grade Levels: 
4-6
Content Standards: 
Grade 4, NS 1.9, Grade 5, NS 1.5
Problem Of the Week Printout: 

1. A student claims that 4/5 is closer to one than 5/4, do you agree? Explain why or why not using a number line.

2. Find four fractions equivalent to the number five. Use a number line to explain why they are equivalent.

Fresno County Office of Education • Larry Powell, Superintendent
Carl Veater, Math on Call Program Producer, cveater@fcoe.org, (559) 265-3065
Fax: (559) 265-3041

Problem of the Week 12_6

Season: 
12
Problem ID Number: 
6
Week Of: 
Monday, October 10, 2011
Due Date: 
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Grade Levels: 
4-6
Content Standards: 
Grade 5, NS 2.1
Problem Of the Week Printout: 

1. Create a number line and use it to demonstrate why -6 -4 = -10.
2. On the same number line show why 2(-4) = -8.

Explain your process completely.

Fresno County Office of Education • Larry Powell, Superintendent
Carl Veater, Math on Call Program Producer, cveater@fcoe.org, (559)265-3065
Fax: (559) 265-3041
2011-2012

Problem of the Week 12_2

Season: 
12
Problem ID Number: 
2
Week Of: 
Monday, September 12, 2011
Due Date: 
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Grade Levels: 
4-6
Content Standards: 
5th grade NS 1.2
Problem Of the Week Printout: 

Susie has 200 beads and 120 of them are red. What percent of her beads are red and what percent are not red?

Pam is going to give Susie some of her green beads, how many green beads would she have to give Suzie so that she would have 40% red beads?

Fresno County Office of Education • Larry Powell, Superintendent
Melinda Riccardi, Math on Call Program Producer, mriccardi@fcoe.org (559) 265-4044
Fax: (559) 265-3041

Problem of the Week 11_29

Season: 
11
Problem ID Number: 
29
Week Of: 
Monday, April 25, 2011
Due Date: 
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Grade Levels: 
4-6
Content Standards: 
Grade 4, SDAP 2.0 Grade 5, NS 2.5, Grade 6, SDAP 3.3
Problem Of the Week Printout: 

If a dart is thrown at the following tangram dartboard and we assume the dart lands at random on the board, what is the probability of the dart landing in each of the identified areas?

1. Area A 2. Area B 3. Area C
Be sure to show all thinking used to solve each part of the problem.

Fresno County Office of Education, Larry Powell, Superintendent
Melinda Riccardi, Math on Call Program Producer, mriccardi@fcoe.org
(559) 265-4044 FAX: (559) 265-3041
2010-2011

Problem of the Week 11_26

Season: 
11
Problem ID Number: 
26
Week Of: 
Monday, March 28, 2011
Due Date: 
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Grade Levels: 
4-6
Content Standards: 
Grade 7, SDAP 1.1, 1.3
Problem Of the Week Printout: 

Xavier wants to join a basketball league this summer. There are three different teams that have openings. Xavier was able to collect data for the last five games that each of the teams played and organize it in a table.

1. If Xavier uses the mean to rank the teams, which team will he join?
2. If he uses the median to rank the teams, which team will he join?
3. If you are the coach of the Stars team, what kind of data would you use to get Xavier to join your team? Why?
4. Represent this data in your choice of a type of a graph.

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