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Morning Math Questions
Week 17 (Question Groups 33 and 34) Share

Principal Larry Davis emphasizes the importance of math by making Morning Math part of his school's morning routine. Two days a week during morning announcements, he poses "Mr. Davis Math Questions" to the students at Doctors Inlet Elementary School in Middleburg, Florida. Now, you can do the same in your school! Each week, Davis and Education World present two new sets of math questions for you to use to engage students and build math skills.

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Replace Mr. Davis's name with your name in each of the math questions below...

Question Group 33

  • Kindergarten: Mr. Davis had 10 ants in a jar. Seven of the ants escaped from the jar. How many ants were left in the jar? (3 ants)
  • Grade 1: Mr. Davis had 18 worms. Eleven of the worms crawled away. How many worms did he have left? (7 worms)
  • Grade 2: Mr. Davis saw eight butterflies on a branch. Two of the butterflies flew away every hour. How many butterflies were left after 3 hours? (2 butterflies)
  • Grade 3: Mr. Davis stopped to talk with a World War II veteran. The veteran was 88 years old. In what year was the veteran born? (Answers will vary. Subtract 88 from the current year for the answer.)
  • Grade 4: Mr. Davis sneezed 20 times every 30 minutes. How many times did he sneeze in 2 hours? (80 times)
  • Grade 5: Mr. Davis has 8 bags of apples. Each bag has 53 apples in it. How many apples does Mr. Davis have in all? (424 apples)
  • Grade 6: Mr. Davis held his breath for 2 minutes and 5 seconds. His brother held his breath for 180 seconds. Who held his breath longer, and how much longer did he hold it? (Mr. Davis brother held his breath for 55 seconds longer)

Question Group 34

  • Kindergarten: Mr. Davis has 5 pencils. Two of the pencils are red. Two of the pencils are blue. The rest of the pencils are white. How many of the pencils are white? (one pencil is white)
  • Grade 1: Mr. Davis bought 30 pieces of candy. He ate 26 of them. How many pieces of candy are left? (4 pieces of candy)
  • Grade 2: 2) Mr. Davis bought 200 pieces of candy. He ate 150 of them. How many pieces of candy are left? (50 piece of candy)
  • Grade 3: Mr. Davis saw 40 students standing in the park. Three of the students were barefooted. How many shoes did Mr. Davis see? (37 students were wearing 74 shoes)
  • Grade 4: Mr. Davis bought a dozen pencils. The pencils cost $4.44 in all. How much did he pay for each pencil? (37 cents)
  • Grade 5: Mr. Davis bought 200 pieces of candy. He ate 25 percent of the candy. How many pieces of candy were left? (150 pieces)
  • Grade 6: Mr. Davis grew 1,500 pumpkins. He sold 80 percent of the pumpkins he grew. How many pumpkins did he sell? (1,200 pumpkins)