# Number Sense Blog

### Word Problem Wednesday: Skills and Talents!

Jul 1, 2020

Introduction From playing sports, to winning debates, to creating art, each child has his or her own unique skills and talents. In this week's word problems, your child will explore some of the math behind using them. And who knows? It may...

### This “Slimy” Job is Really a “Numbers” Job

Jun 29, 2020

Scott Heger’s company, Blair Adhesives, makes hundreds of different products, but there’s one product category that gets all the attention. Slime. You know that gooey stuff that kids love to play with? Slime is having a heyday, largely ...

### Word Problem Wednesday: Units and Unit Rates

Jul 8, 2020

Introduction Unit rates are used in all sorts of everyday applications. Maybe you’ve used kilometres per litre to estimate the next time you’ve needed to get gas, or used unit prices at the store to decide whether or not to buy in bulk. This we...

### Word Problem Wednesday: Not Your Typical Neighbors

Jul 15, 2020

Introduction This week’s word problems offer a sneak peek into the home of an unusual, magical family — and give your child practice calculating duration, length, weight and volume. Read this week’s description with your child and choose the...

### Word Problem Wednesday: Math in Science

Jul 22, 2020

Introduction Math is an essential part of conducting and analyzing scientific research. This week, our word problems delve into the fields of biology, demography, ecology and epidemiology. Read this week’s description with your child. Choose...

### Word Problem Wednesday: Ninja Turtles

Jul 29, 2020

Introduction This week’s word problems make reference to the sewer-dwelling, pizza-loving comic book superheroes, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Lower elementary students will get to compare the Ninja Turtles’ heights. Upper elementary will ...

### Math Enables this Veterinarian to Live Her Childhood Dream

Jul 31, 2020

Sara Ochoa Keeps Pets Happy and Healthy Dr. Sara Ochoa grew up in rural Calhoun, Louisiana. Like many children, she dreamed of being an animal doctor. She got plenty of practice thanks to the variety of wildlife in her area — and her open-mind...

### Word Problem Wednesday: A Day on a Farm

Aug 5, 2020

Introduction Pigs, puppies, ducks and sheep… what do they all have in common? They’re part of this week’s word problems about life on a farm. Scroll down below, and read this week’s description with your child. Choose the word problem that’s...

### Activity Alert: Playing with Numbers

Aug 7, 2020

Download this fun, supplemental math activity so your child can play with numbers! They’ll divide candy bars and learn to think about addition, subtraction and number properties in a unique way! Playing with Numbers Answer key: Playing wit...

### Word Problem Wednesday: Math for Everyday Life

Aug 12, 2020

This week’s word problems are about math in everyday life! Read the introduction below with your child. Then, choose the word problem that’s the right skill level for them and have them give it a try. When they feel they’ve found the answer, scr...

### Word Problem Wednesday: James and the Giant Peach

Aug 19, 2020

Spark your child’s imagination with this week’s word problems themed around the famous children’s novel “James and the Giant Peach.” Read the introduction below with your child. Then, choose the word problem that’s the right skill level for the...

### Word Problem Wednesday: The Wizarding World

Aug 26, 2020

People have been infatuated with the wizarding world depicted in J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series, from famous sites such as Hogwarts and Diagon Alley to household charms, magical creatures, and the international sport played on flying broom...

### Word Problem Wednesday: Math and Art

Sep 2, 2020

The world’s greatest sculptors, painters, and photographers depend on math to create their art. Not only do artists use elements of composition — such as geometry and proportions — to perfect their work, they also use math behind the scenes i...

### Word Problem Wednesday: A Slice of the Pie

Sep 9, 2020

Did you know that approximately \$700 MILLION in pies are sold in grocery stores every year?  That doesn’t include those found in restaurants, food service or price clubs. And if you lined up the number of pies sold at U.S. grocery stores in one ...

### Word Problem Wednesday: Sunny with a Chance of Rain

Sep 23, 2020

If you’ve ever watched the Weather Channel or the weather segment of the evening news, you’ve seen meteorologists in action. They are scientists who use mathematical models and knowledge to understand and predict weather and climate. Some meteor...

### Word Problem Wednesday: Healthy Eating

Sep 16, 2020

While healthy eating may not always seem fun, getting into the habit of fueling our bodies with nutritious foods is super important. It keeps us from getting sick and gives us the energy for all kinds of things like doing those never-ending hous...

### Word Problem Wednesday: Dollars and Sense

Sep 30, 2020

Money is an important part of everyday life, and it just makes sense to know the function of dollars and cents.   This week’s word problems focus on understanding value and calculating purchases. Read the problems below and choose the one ...

### Word Problem Wednesday: Mathematical Mixed Bag

Oct 7, 2020

Life is so diverse, you never know what might come your way as you go through each day. This week, we have a mixed bag of word problems to help children apply mathematical knowledge to a variety of situations. Read the problems below and c...

### Word Problem Wednesday: Mixed Bag Déjà vu’

Oct 14, 2020

Holy déjà vu’, math man… it’s another mathematical mixed bag! Last week’s word problems were all about using math skills to navigate real-life situations. This week, since these kinds of scenarios are endless, we are sharing some more.   Read...

### Word Problem Wednesday: School Scenarios

Oct 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 t...

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