Word Problem Wednesday: School Scenarios

By Mathnasium | October 21, 2020

School provides a myriad of opportunities to think critically and apply math skills in the most unusual ways. Whether it’s while making a collage in art class or splitting into groups for music class, one just never knows when they’re going to pop up.

This week’s word problems feature real-life scenarios where students can use their math knowledge. 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:  Avery is making a fall scene collage out of paper shapes in art class. She cuts a piece of construction paper that is 10 inches long and 10 inches wide into 1–inch squares. Next, she cuts each square in half to make paper triangles. How many paper triangles does Avery have?

Upper Elementary:
Question:  Twenty-four students split up into groups for music class. A third of the students are in the percussion group. Half of the students are in the choir group. The rest of the students are in the guitar group. How many students are there in the guitar group?

Middle School:
QuestionPaulina needs a new uniform for gym class. She buys a tee shirt that costs $12.50, a pair of shorts that cost $20.00, and a pair of sneakers that cost $31.40. A 10% sales tax is applied to her purchase. How much money does Paulina spend on her new gym uniform?

Algebra and Up:
Question:  There are 125% as many students in sculpture class as there are in drawing class. If there are 15 more students in sculpture class than there are in drawing class, then how many students are in drawing class?