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Morning Math Questions
Week 36 (Question Groups 71 and 72) 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 71

  • Kindergarten: Mr. Davis visited 3 classrooms. There were 5 boys in each classroom. How many boys in all did he see in the three classrooms? (15 boys)
  • Grade 1: Mr. Davis arrived at the game at 7:00 p.m. It ended 3- hours later. What time did the game end? (10:30 p.m.)
  • Grade 2: Mr. Davis had $32. He spent half of that money on a new shirt. How much money did he have left? ($16)
  • Grade 3: Mr. Davis ran around the track. He can run a lap in 55 seconds. How long will it take him to run 4 laps? (3:40, or 3 minutes and 40 seconds)
  • Grade 4: Mr. Davis stopped in to visit students in a class. The 20 students in that class had read a total of 800 books. What was the average number of books read by each student in that class? (40 books)
  • Grade 5: Mr. Davis left for work at 6:34 a.m. He returned 490 minutes later. What time did he return? (2:44 p.m.)
  • Grade 6: Mr. Davis has eight sixth-grade classes in his school. Each class has 31 students in it. One-eighth of the students got straight A's on their report cards. What was the number of students who made all A's? (31 students)

Question Group 72

  • Kindergarten: Mr. Davis wants you to estimate how many steps it is from the front door of your classroom to the teacher's desk? (Answers will vary. Who is the first student to estimate closest to the actual number of steps?)
  • Grade 1: Mr. Davis gave 2 pieces of candy to each student in the group. The group had a total of 11 students in it. How many pieces of candy did Mr. Davis give away? (22 pieces of candy)
  • Grade 2: Mr. Davis measured the distance from his desk to the water fountain. I was 30 feet. How many feet will Mr. Davis walk if he goes to the water fountain four times today? (120 feet)
  • Grade 3: Mr. Davis has 22 trophies. He has four shelves on which to display them. If each shelf can hold 5 trophies, how many trophies will he not have space to display? (2 trophies)
  • Grade 4: Mr. Davis and his two brothers earned $177. They divided the earning equally among them. How much did each person get? ($59)
  • Grade 5: Mr. Davis read that a porpoise can live to be 30 years old. A sailfish can only live to be only one-tenth the age of a porpoise. How many years does a sailfish live? (3 years)
  • Grade 6: Mr. Davis checked the water temperature in the pool. It was 92 degrees. The pool's heating unit can increase the temperature of the water 6 degrees every minute. If Mr. Davis wants to boil some eggs in his pool, how long will he need to wait before the pool's temperature reaches the boiling point? (20 minutes. Since the pool's temperature needs to reach 212 degrees -- the boiling point of water -- it needs to increase 120 degrees from its current temperature of 92 degrees; if it rises 6 degrees a minute, it will take 20 minutes to raise the temperature to 212 degrees.)