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Sometimes when you're doing word problems, they require more than one step. Two classes of 27 students each are visiting the zoo. The cost is $4 per student. How much will the trip cost for all the students to go? Circle all of the numbers that I see in the problem: 2, 27 and 4. How many students are actually going on the trip? There are 2 classes of 27. We first multiply 2 x 27 which gives us 54. At $4 per student is $216. Sandra has 3 rolls with 2 meters of ribbon on each roll. She has another roll with 11 meters of ribbon on it. How many total meters of ribbon does Sandra have? I see a 3 and an 11. I also see a 2. It's hiding as a word but it's still a number. First, you'll multiply 3 x 2 and then you'll add your additional 11 for a total of 17 meters. Multistep word problems, follow the steps.
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How much money will it cost for the 2 classes to go to the zoo?
1) 2162) 23) 44) 54 
You plant cucumbers, green beans, squash and corn in a community garden. If you plant 3 rows of each plant with 24 seeds in each row, how maany seeds will you plant?
1) 2882) 1443) 724) 216 
A principal has $2,000 to spend on updating technology. If shey buys 4 laptops that cost $299 each, how much money will she have left?
1) $8042) $1,1963) $1,7014) $196 
The mass of a giant squid is 202 kg. If the mass of a beluga whale is 78 kg less than 6 times the mass of a giant squid, what is the mass of a beluga whale?
1) 1,134 kg2) 1,212 kg3) 468 kg4) 124 kg 
Your teacher wants you to practice the piano for 160 minutes this month. So far you have practiced 5 minutes each day for 24 days. How many more minutes do you need to practice this month?
1) 40 minutes more2) 120 minutes more3) 189 more minutes4) 280 more minutes 
A teacher has 5 boxes of pencils with 50 pencils in each box. A parent donates 25 pencils. How many pencils does the teacher have now?
1) 275 pencils2) 125 pencils3) 225 pencils4) 80 pencils 
In the 2016 Olympics, Brazil won 6 silver medals. France won 3 times as many medals as Brazil. How many silver medals did both countries win altogether?
1) 24 medals2) 18 medals3) 9 medals4) 21 medals 
Cats have 32 muscles in each ear. Humans have a total of 12 ear muscles. How many more ear muscles does a cat have in both ears than a human?
1) 52 more muscles2) 20 more muscles3) 384 more muscles4) 8 more muscles 
The average lifespan of a firefly is 61 days. The average lifespan of a monarch butterfly is 4 times as long as a firefly. How many days longer is the lifespan of of the butterfly?
1) 183 days longer2) 244 days longer3) 305 days longer4) 57 days longer 
Mrs. Jones buys 7 books of stamps. There are 35 stamps in each book. She gives 124 stamps to her daughter. How many does she have left?
1) 121 stamps2) 245 stamps3) 369 stamps4) 166 stamps 
Basketball practice is 55 minutes long, and you practice 5 times a week. You also have dance practice once a week for 90 minutes. How much total practice time do you put in per week for both basketball and dance?
1) 365 minutes2) 275 minutes3) 145 minutes4) 150 minutes 
Sally gathered one dozen white eggs and 2 dozen brown eggs from her chickens. How many total eggs did she gather?
1) 36 eggs2) 3 eggs3) 24 eggs4) 12 eggs 
Firefighters respond to 65 calls in a week. Police officers respond to 8 times as many calls as firefighters. How many more calls do Police officers respond to than firefighters?
1) 455 more calls2) 445 more calls3) 520 more calls4) 465 more calls 
A koala eats 483 grams of leaves per day. If a zookeeper has 4 boxes with 137 grams of leaves in each box, how many grams will he have leftover at the end of the day?
1) 65 grams2) 548 grams3) 346 grams4) 624 grams 
The bees in Hive A produce 14 pounds of honey, while the bees in Hive B produce 4 times as much. How much do both Hives produce in all?
1) 70 pounds2) 56 pounds3) 42 pounds4) 72 pounds 
Bobby read 35 pages on Monday and twice as many on Tuesday. How many pages did he read over both days?
1) 105 pages2) 70 pages3) 95 pages4) 140 pages 
A band's goal is to produce 100 songs. So far, they have produced 6 albums with 13 songs on each album. How many more songs does the band need to produce in order to reach their goal?
1) 22 more songs2) 78 more songs3) 119 more songs4) 32 more songs 
You have two sheets of 4 stickers each. Your friend has 20 times as many stickers as you. How many stickers does your friend have?
1) 160 stickers2) 80 stickers3) 40 stickers4) 26 stickers 
Three buses filled with 48 students each, and one bus with 38 students arrived at the zoo. How many total students arrived at the zoo?
1) 182 students2) 86 students3) 144 students4) 1,824 students 
You have 796 baseball cards and 284 hockey cards. If you have 3 times as many football cards as hockey cards, which type of card do you have the greatest number of?
1) football2) hockey3) baseball4) the same amount of each card 
What is the correct label for Sandra's ribbon problem?
1) Meters2) Ribbons3) Rolls4) Dollars 
Some of the numbers in the problem may be written as words.
1) TRUE2) FALSE 
What are the two operations used to solve Sandra's ribbon problem?
1) Multiplication and Addition2) Addition and Subtraction3) Multiplication and Subtraction4) Division and Addition 
How many steps are in a multistep problem?
1) One2) More than one 
There are 2 bags of candy with 16 pieces in each bag, and one more bag with 22 pieces of candy in it. Are there enough pieces of candy for 60 students to get one piece each?
1) No2) Yes
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