Word Problems

So Mark’s homework last night was a set of three word problems with instructions for the parent to make up a few more for practice.

All right, I think.  I can do this.  AND make it relevant to Mark’s interests.  So…

Me:  “Okay, Mark.  Say the Hulk, Captain America, and Iron Man are each fighting three bad guys.  How much bad guys are they fighting all together?”

Mark:  “I will need to draw a picture.  That’s one of our strategies for solving word problems.”

Me:  “Okay.”

Fifteen minutes later he’s got an elaborate picture with the Hulk fighting Juggernaut, an evil robot, and Magneto; Captain America’s taking on Venom, Sandman, and another evil robot; and Iron Man’s got some big muscled guy with two guns, Doc Ock, and the Joker.

Mark:  “Ka-pow!  Boom!”

Me:  “How many bad guys all together?”

Mark:  “Nine.  And they’re GOING DOWN.”

Way, way too relevant to his interests…


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