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Mega Fun

Math s r e d l i u B l Skil

by Richard Porteus

grades 6 -8

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Scholastic Inc. grants teachers permission to photocopy the reproducible pages from this book for classroom use. No other part of this publication may be reproduced in whole or in part, or stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without permission of the publisher. For information regarding permission, write to Scholastic Professional Books, 555 Broadway, New York, NY 10012. Cover design by Daniel Moreton Cover illustration and interior illustration by Richard Porteus Interior design by Richard Porteus and Vincent Ceci Copyright Š 1999 by Richard Porteus. All rights reserved. ISBN 0-439-04495-2 Printed in the U.S.A.

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Table of Contents Introduction Number Sense

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Number User (Using numbers) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Number Stumper (Choosing operations) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Sensible Chooser (Understanding estimates) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Best Estimator (Making estimates) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Patterns and Relationships Number Jumper (Continuing patterns) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Pattern Finder (Finding patterns) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication & Division Truth Sleuth (Multiplying 1- and 2-digit numbers) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Swell Helper (Multiplying 2- and 3-digit numbers) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Rate Creator (Multiplying 1- and 2-digit numbers) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Neat Eater (Adding and subtracting) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Smart Archer (Adding 2-digit numbers) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Digit Fitter (Multiplying and dividing to complete math sentences) . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Crossdigit Wiz (Addition, subtraction, multiplication & division) . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Sure Tourist (Multiplying and dividing) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Division Man (Dividing with remainders) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Fractions, Decimals & Percents Fraction Tracker (Finding equivalent fractions) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Jolly Joker (Adding decimals) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Match Maker (Rewriting fractions as decimals) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Convertor Clerk (Finding fraction/decimal/percent equivalents) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Percent Presenter (Understanding percentages) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Able Surveyor (Determining fractions, decimals & percents) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Worthy Earthling (Working with mixed numbers). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Geometry and Measurement Shape Chaser (Exploring solid shapes) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Shape Gaper (Understanding solid shapes) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Great Decorator (Computing area) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Alert Convertor (Converting units) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Measure User (Understanding metric measurement). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

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Smiling Miler (Converting units) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Meter Leader (Determining meters per second) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Shape Finder (Exploring polygons) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

Probability Number Chum (Using the Fundamental Counting Principle) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Event Inventor (Determining probability) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

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Charts and Graphs Graph Drafter (Reading circle graphs) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Decibel Tester (Reading a bar graph) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

Money Quiet Buyer (Finding unit prices) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Reliable Buyer (Determining discounts) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Real Dealer (Determining discounts) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Refined Diner (Spending money) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Problem Solving Answer Fancier (Solving word problems) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Puzzle Guzzler (Solving puzzles) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

Answer Key . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

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Introduction

This is the book for your students! It contains a one-of-a-kind collection of activities that reinforce

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basic math skills. I have thoughtfully selected activities to stimulate, fascinate, and challenge students to be active learners. These activities provide students with practice problems requiring logical thinking as well as computation application. Do your students think that math is just adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing? These pages offer a variety of math activities that do not involve those operations and many that do. There is no particular sequence required for presenting the activities in this book. When you wish to teach or reinforce a specific topic, simply look it up in the table of contents. The contents page is arranged in a sequence appearing in most sixth, seventh, and eighth grade math textbooks. I want students to enjoy math. That is why every page is designed differently, many featuring cartoon drawings and characters. Every topic is a name for the student doing the math. So it is, that the student using numbers on page 6 is a Number User. The student solving the problems on page 17 is a Digit Fitter, and so on. I am a retired teacher (kindergarten through high school) and author of a variety of educational books for children. I hope that you and your students enjoy this book as much as I have enjoyed writing and illustrating it.

Richard Porteus

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Number Sense

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Number User

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Number Sense

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Number Stumper

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Number Sense

Name______________________________________________

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Sensible Chooser

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Number Sense

Name______________________________________________

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Best Estimator

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Patterns and Relationships

Name______________________________________________

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Number Jumper

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Patterns and Relationships

Name______________________________________________

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Pattern Finder

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Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication & Division

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Truth Sleuth

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Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication & Division

Name______________________________________________

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Swell Helper

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Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication & Division

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Rate Creator

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Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication & Division

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Neat Eater

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Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication & Division

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Smart Archer

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Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication & Division

Name______________________________________________

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Digit Fitter

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Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication & Division

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Crossdigit Wiz

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Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication & Division

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Sure Tourist

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Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication & Division

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Division Man

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Fractions, Decimals & Percents

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Fraction Tracker

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Fractions, Decimals & Percents

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Jolly Joker

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Fractions, Decimals & Percents

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Match Maker

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Fractions, Decimals & Percents

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Convertor Clerk

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Name______________________________________________

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Percent Presenter

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Fractions, Decimals & Percents

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Able Surveyor

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Name______________________________________________

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Worthy Earthling

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Geometry and Measurement

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Shape Chaser

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Geometry and Measurement

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Shape Gaper

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Geometry and Measurement

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Great Decorator

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Geometry and Measurement

Name______________________________________________

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Alert Convertor

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Geometry and Measurement

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Measure User

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Geometry and Measurement

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Smiling Miler

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Geometry and Measurement

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Meter Leader

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Geometry and Measurement

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Shape Finder

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Probability

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Number Chum

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Probability

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Event Inventor

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Charts and Graphs

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Graph Drafter

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Charts and Graphs

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Decibel Tester

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Money

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Quiet Buyer

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Money

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Reliable Buyer

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Money

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Real Dealer

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Money

Name______________________________________________

Date _________________

Refined Diner

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Soups Hot and Sour Wonton Egg Drop Seafood

$2.50 2.75 2.25 3.00

Appetizers Egg Roll Spring Roll Port Strips Chicken Fingers Crab Rangoon Peking Ravioli French Fries Onion Rings

2.00 1.75 3.25 2.95 2.75 2.95 1.50 2.75

House Specials Sesame Chicken Yu Hsiang Scallops Orange Chicken Ginger Lobster Seafood Supreme Kung Pao Hon Sue Gai Thai Red Beef Dragon & Phoenix Gai Poo Lo Mein Har Loan Kew Chung King Pork Pepper Steak Pu Pu Platter

8.95 9.00 8.95 10.15 11.25 10.55 6.50 8.95 10.65 12.95 7.25 6.75 7.35 6.50

Plus 5% tax

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Answer Fancier

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Problem Solving

Name______________________________________________

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Puzzle Guzzler

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Page 10 1. 24, 35, 48 2. 89, 121, 185 3. 8, 4, 2 4. 36, 25, 16 5. 79, 75, 71 6. 512, 2048, 8192 7. 42, 35, 27 8. 18, 15, 12 9. 36, 44, 52 10. 9, 11, 13 11. 19, 26, 34 12. 5/6, 6/7, 7/8 13. 18, 27, 38 14. 13, 21, 34 15. 20, 24, 28 16. 10/11, 12/13, 14/15 17. 243, 729, 2187 18. 16, 22, 29 Page 11 1. Answers will vary; if you add the sum of the digits, they equal nine. 2. All are evenly divisible by 3. 3. 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020, 2024, 2028, 2032, and 2034 4. 165; 1999; 802 5. Answers will vary.

9. $8, $12, $16, $20, $24 10. 720; 1,440; 2,880; 5,760; 11, 520 Page 15

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Page 8 1. Exact answer 2. Exact answer 3. Estimate 4. Estimate 5. Exact answer 6. $1.75 7. 120 8. $3.75 9. 10 10. $25,000 Page 9

Page 13 1. 10,752 3. 66,300 5. 68,688 7. 63,460 9. 24,102

2. 22,464 4. 17,112 6. 22,661 8. 32,035 10. 9,542

Page 14 1. 168, 252, 336, 420, 504 2. 110, 165, 330, 550, 825 3. 100, 150, 200, 250, 300 4. $5.50, $8.25, $11.00, $13.75, $16.50 5. 175; 350; 525; 1,050; 2,100 6. $13.00, $19.50, $26.00, $39.00, $52.00 7. 84, 126, 210, 420, 630 8. 54¢, $1.44, $2.16, $2.52,$2.88

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3. B 4. D 5. C 6. B 9. E 10. E 11. E 3. A 4. C 5. E 6. C 9. D 10. B 11. C

C 1. A 2. E. 3. B 4. C 5. E 6. D 7. E 8. C 9. A 10. C 11. C Page 19 1. 9 hours; .0059; 2. 26 hours; .040; 3. 56 hours; .045; 4. 41 hours; .043; 5. 21 hours; .052; 6. 22 hours; .042;

$26.67 $52.76 $139.28 $88.58 $54.34 $46.96

Page 25 1. 111 2. 66 3. 231 4. 63 5. 49 6. 40 7. 114 Page 26

Page 31 1. 11 feet 2. 37.5 gallons 3. 15 cups 4. 24 hours 5. 6 gallons 6. 6549 weeks 7. 50 yards 8. 74 feet 9. 89 dozen 10. 198 pounds 11. 2,000 pounds 12. 230 feet

Page 20 1. 5R39 2. 8R25 3. 5R5 4. 11R21 5. 12R12 6. 923R7 7. 23R3 8. 88R1 9. 89R1 10. 43R19 11. 63R3 Page 21 Equivalent fractions are in boxes: 1, 2, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 13, 16, 17, 19, 22, and 24. Page 22 O. 26.55 A. 27.34 L. 20.20 N. 30.13

C. 10.38 Y. 8.46 G. 5.09 T. 16.16 U. 30.75 P. 29.55 E. 17.97 S. 25.55

You can go to sleep. Page 23 1. .25 2. .25 3. .23 4. .75 5. .06 6. .6 7. .22 8. .44 9. .88 10. .75 11. .67 12. .45 13. .75 14. 4.6 15. .63 16. .44 17. .88 18. .35 19. 1.13 20. 1.25

Page 30 1. $540 2. $170.88 3. $49.50 4. $22.50 5. $276.48 6. $90.00 7. $246 8. $199.80

Page 27 2. 8/9 of 96 = 8 x 96 = 768 ÷ 9 = 85.3 lbs. 3. 6/16 of 96 = 6 x 96 = 576 ÷ 16 = 36 lbs. 4. 21/8 of 96 = 21 x 96 = 2016 ÷ 8 = 252 lbs. 5. 17/16 of 96 = 17 x 96 = 1632 ÷ 16 = 102 lbs. 6. 9/8 of 96 = 9 x 96 = 864 ÷ 8 = 108 lbs. 7. 1/25 of 96 = 1 x 96 = 96 ÷ 25 = 3.8 lbs.

Page 32 1. 45 cu ft 2. 3.7 ft 3. 40 L 4. 318 m 5. 10 yd 6. 1 mm 7. 7 sq in 8. 5.8 m 9. 1.2 m 10. 105 sq ft 11. 5 mL 12. 20 sq ft 13. 50 cm 14. 11 mm 15. 0.24 ft 16. 12 cu ft 17. 8 oz Page 33 1. 7,920 2. 528 3. 7,040 4. 10,560 5. 480

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6. 1,056 7. 21,120 8. 440 9. 3,520 10. 12,672 11. 2,640 12. 5,280

8. 1/4 x 32 = 8 9. 1/8 x 40 = 5

Page 34 1. bird 300 / plane 271 2. runner 139.5 / cheetah 159 3. sound 332 / light 299.792 4. skier 385 / greyhound 27 5. sound 1.992 /spacecraft 21.816 6. tennis ball 14.4 / hockey puck 10.6 7. roller blader 4.4 / bicyclist 2.48 8. hockey puck 31.8 / bowling ball 42 9. swimmer 66 Olympic runner 90

Video Store Rentals 1. 184 2. 126 3. 79 4. 37 5. 47 6. 16 7. 11 8. 26

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Page 40 1. Y 2. X 3. Y 4. X 5. X 6. Y 7. X 8. X 9. Y

Page 38 Pizza Shop Choices 1. 55 2. 80 3. 55 4. 30 5. 20 6. 10

Page 39 1. 30 dB 2. 30 dB 3. 20 dB 4. 20 dB 5. 40 dB 6. Jet Plane Take Off 7. 120 dB

.40 .49 .37

Page 43 1. $26.15 2. $19.20 3. $10.25 4. $5.13 5. $9.60 6. $1.31 7. $27.46 8. $2.54

9. Spring roll, chicken fingers, and French fries; or spring roll, Peking Ravioli, and French fries. Page 44 1. $30.00 2. 2 days 3. 5 4. 80 feet 5. 37 Page 45

Page 36 2. 1,000,000 3. 10,000 4. 10,000,000 5. 100,000 6. 2,600 7. 11,881,376 8. 100,000,000

Page 41 1. $8.10; $9.90 2. $12.00; $48.00 3. $5.74; $5.06 4. $10.00; $40.00 5. $2.70; $24.30 6. $5.92; $10.08 7. $4.95: $10.05 8. $2.00; $6.00 9. $24.00; $56.00

Page 37 1. 1/4 x 60 = 15 2. 4/12 x 24 = 8 3. 1/2 x 500 = 250 4. 2/3 x 24 = 16 5. 1/6 x 96 = 16 7. 2/4 x 50 = 25

Page 42 Hanlon's 1. $1.40 2. .31 3. .61 4. .55 5. .57

Murray's $ .92 .38 .83 .58 .44

.38 .31 .30

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