Problem of the Week (Oct. 17, 2016)
Spiders, Spiders, Spiders
Directions: Write your work 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.
Level 1 Lots of legs: All spiders have eight legs. Having so many legs must make it easier to climb up lots of different places. Many spiders like to climb up high and build webs to catch flies, mosquitoes, and other insects. Insects have 6 legs. If you have 4 spiders and they each catch 3 flies, how many legs are there altogether? Show your work!
Level 2 Build a web: Many spiders build webs to help them capture food. Some webs are very complicated and beautiful to look at. Use the grid on the back of this sheet to build a web of your own. Can you build a web that has a hexagon in it? How about some triangles or rectangles? Bonus challenge: Find and print a picture of a real spider web and list what shapes you can find in it.
Level 3 Thankful for spiders:
Part 1: Everyday the spiders of the world consume a total of 632,000,000,000 pounds of insects. Wow, is that a big number! Write this number in words.
Part 2: A single spider can eat up to 2000 insects in a year. Write down your age in years and calculate how many insects just one spider in your house could have eaten in your lifetime. Bonus challenge: If you have 5 spiders in your house, how many insects would that be in your lifetime?