Word Problem Wednesday: Getting A Handle On Homework

By Mathnasium | October 28, 2020

When we’re in school, it seems like the homework never ends. Day after day, class after class, we’re asked to put the things we learn into practice. And it requires a certain amount of dedication to get — and stay — on top of our assignments.

This week’s word problems feature various students handling homework like pros. 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: Tori has reading homework that is 19 pages long. The homework is printed front-and-back on sheets of paper. How many sheets of paper are needed for the whole reading assignment?

Upper Elementary:
Question: Sebastian completed 4 math assignments, 5 writing assignments, 7 reading assignments, 3 history assignments, and 1 science assignment last week. Fill in the pie chart below with Sebastian’s homework assignments.

Middle School:
Question: Lisa needs to memorize the locations of all 54 countries in Africa for a geography test that will be 30 days from now. She memorizes 7 countries every 3 days. Every 2 days, she forgets a country and needs to re-memorize it. Will she have enough time to memorize all of the countries in Africa for her geography test?

Algebra and Up:
Question: Logan has answered 0.8 times as many math questions as Spanish questions, and he’s answered 5 more English questions than Spanish questions. If Logan has answered 33 questions in total, how many math questions has Logan answered?