Problem of the Week (Sept. 19, 2016)

Directions: Write your answer on a separate sheet of paper. Label the paper with your FULL name, your teacher, and which problem(s) you are handing in, then staple it to this sheet. Please show all your work.

Level 1:

Kittens: Whiskers the cat has kittens every spring. In 2014, she had 2 kittens. In 2015, she had 3 kittens. In 2016, she had 4 kittens. How many kittens has she had so far? How many kittens do you think she might have in 2017 and tell me why?

Level 2:

Nine lives: Legend says that cats have 9 lives, because they are really good at dealing with high falls and at surviving in the wild. While they don’t really have 9 lives, we will pretend they do for this problem. If a cat shelter has 5 cats, how many “lives” are there altogether?(Example: If a cat shelter has 2 cats, there would be 18 “lives”). If the cat shelter doubles the number of cats, how many cats and how many “lives” are there now? If the cat shelter doubles the number of cats again, how many cats and how many “lives” are there now?

Challenge: If there are 95 cats in the shelter, how many “lives” would there be?

Level 3:

Feed the kitty: There are 3 cats living at Ms. Simonson’s house. They are named Turtle, George, and Wookie. George is old so he eats less food. He eats ¼ cup each day. How much food will he eat in 1 week (7 days)? Turtle is small so she eats ⅓ cup of food each day. How much food will she eat in 1 week? Wookie is big and really likes his food a LOT. He eats ½ cup of food each day. How much food will he eat in 1 week?

Challenge: How much food does Ms. Simonson need each week to feed all 3 cats?

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