Word Problem Wednesday: Pleasant Pastimes

By Mathnasium | November 25, 2020

There are so many fun ways to pass our time. And whether we’re fishing, visiting theme parks or jet skiing, there are always opportunities to put math into the mix.

This week’s word problems will help your child think critically and fine-tune their math skills while pondering their own favorite hobbies. Look 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: Chloe had an excellent fishing day. She caught 6 snappers, 4 mackerels, 1 grouper, and 1 soggy boot. She threw half the snappers and half the mackerels back into the ocean. How many fish did she take home?

Upper Elementary:
Question: Landon goes to a theme park where ride tokens cost 25¢. A roller coaster ride takes 3 tokens. A ride on the Ferris wheel takes 5 tokens. Landon rides the roller coaster and the Ferris wheel 7 times each. How much money did Landon spend on rides?

Middle School:
Question: A hamster and a guinea pig are running on wheels. The hamster’s wheel is 6 inches in diameter. The guinea pig’s wheel is 18 inches in diameter. How much farther does the guinea pig run for each rotation of its wheel?

Algebra and Up:
Question: It costs $20.00 to rent a jet ski, plus $1.50 for each hour of use, plus the cost of gas. James rents a jet ski for 2 hours. He uses 3 quarts of gas, which costs $2.98 per gallon. How much did the jet ski rental cost altogether?