Word Problem Wednesday: All In Good Measure

By Mathnasium | November 4, 2020

Measuring allows us to find out the extent, quantity, amount, or degree of something. And we use our abilities to measure in a lot of different ways. From figuring out what size of clothes we should wear — to buying the right sized couch for our homes, we rely on measurement to make things fit.

This week’s word problems will put your child’s ability to measure to the test. Read the problems below and choose the one that’s the right skill level for your child. Have them give it a try. And when they feel they’ve found the answer, check their solution against ours on the next page.


Lower Elementary:
Question: Tyler has a sticker book that is 8 inches wide and 9 inches tall. He has a set of stickers that are each 2 inches wide and 3 inches tall.  How many stickers will fit on a page of the sticker book?

Upper Elementary:
Question: Alli has a box that is exactly the right size to hold 7 layers of 9 rows of 11 cube-shaped erasers. How many erasers fit inside the box?

Middle School:
Question: Bobby is riding his tricycle around a quarter-mile track. If each wheel is 12 inches in diameter and turns 100 times, then how much further does Bobby need to pedal in order to complete a lap around the track?

Algebra and Up:
Question: The tessellating pattern below comprises regular pentagons and rhombuses. Find the measure of x.