Word Problem Wednesday: How Much … How Many? (Part Deux)

By Mathnasium | November 18, 2020

Last week, our word problems gave kids such great practice in figuring out “how much or how many” of a given thing, we decided to go another round!

This week’s problems help answer practical questions such as “How much food do we need to buy for our family pets?” and “How many tickets did we sell for the event?” So delve into 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:  Lauren has $1.00 in coins. She has 1 quarter, 3 dimes, and the rest are nickels. How many nickels does Lauren have?

Upper Elementary:
Question:  A local scout troop is hosting a fundraising talent show. They sold child tickets for $5.00 each and adult tickets for $10.00 each. They made $400.00. If they sold 12 adult tickets, how many child tickets did they sell?

Middle School:
Question:  Three pounds of dog food is enough to feed 8 dogs for a day. Exactly how many pounds of dog food are needed for 18 dogs?

Algebra and Up:
Question:  James can paint a fence in 2 hours. Jessie can paint a fence in 3 hours. How long will it take them to paint a fence together?