# Number Sense Blog

By Mathnasium | Added Jan 16, 2019

Step on up, we’ve got some great kids’ math learning right here! No need to toe the line, our word problem challenge is so intriguing, you’ll want to put your heart and sole into solving it!

This week you’ll want to polish up your elementary school math skills, such as adding and subtracting fractions, to solve shoe-based word problem. We know you have the ability to take this problem and run with it. Check out the question, and when you're ready, read below for the solution!

Question: Shoes are measured in half sizes. Cindy bought a pair of size 5 ½ shoes, but they were two sizes too small. What is Cindy’s correct shoe size?

Solution: Since the 5 ½ size pair of shoes were 2 sizes too small and shoe sizes go up by ½, we need to count up by ½, two times; 6, 6 ½. Cindy wears a size 6 ½ shoe.

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