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    Word Problem Wednesday: Weights, Measures, And A Very Heavy Snowman

    By Mathnasium | Added Oct 17, 2018

    Kids math program helps kids practice elementary school math skills such as weights, measures, and fractions to figure out the weight of a snowman in this fun word problem challenge.

    🎵Do you want to build a snowman?🎶

    Exactly how big (or heavy) a snowman do you think you could make? In this week’s word problem challenge, Anna wants her snowman to be made of three snowballs, each of different sizes. Can you use your elementary school math skills such as weights, measures, and fractions to help Anna figure out exactly how heavy her snowman will be? Go ahead and give it a try. Check below when you're ready to compare your solution with ours.

    Question: Anna builds a snowman out of 3 big snowballs. The first snowball weighs 48 pounds. The second snowball weighs 1/2 as much as the first. The third snowball weighs 2/3 as much as the second. How much does the snowman weigh in total?

     

    Solution: The first snowball weighs 48 pounds. The second snowball weighs 1/2 × 48 = 24 pounds. The third snowball weighs 2/3 × 24 = 16 pounds. So, the snowman weighs 48 + 24 + 16 = 88 pounds altogether.

     

     

     

     

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