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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Our Word Problem Challenge from Mrs. Yollis

**New South Carolina Word Problem Challenges!

We enjoyed watching Mrs. Yollis' class video on problem solving, and after a tweet from Mrs. Yollis, we came up with some of our own word problems using symbols/emblems of South Carolina. Before solving these problems, check out Mrs. Yollis' YouTube video for strategies on how to solve these types of word problems.

South Carolina Flower: Yellow Jessamine

Miss Tripp planted two Yellow Jessamine plants in her yard.  The one in the back yard receives more sunlight and grew 37 cm longer than the one in the front yard.  If the two plants grew a total of 169 centimeters this summer, how many centimeters did each plant grow?

South Carolina Bird: Carolina Wren

Two South Carolina wrens from Greenville and Spartanburg migrated to the coastal city of Beaufort, SC.  They both traveled a total of 346 miles.  If the wren from Spartanburg traveled 58 miles farther, how many miles did each wren travel?

South Carolina Amphibian: Spotted Salamander

Students from Wellford Academy discovered two Spotted Salamanders on their field trip to the swamps in the lowcountry of South Carolina.  Together, both of the salamanders had 54 yellow spots.  The largest one had 8 more spots than the other.  How many spots did each salamander have?

South Carolina Drink: Milk

Governor Haley and President Obama were in a milk drinking contest at the SC State Fair.  Together they drank 92 ounces of milk.  The President drank 12 more ounces than Governor Haley.  How many ounces of milk did each of our leaders drink?

South Carolina Marine Mammal: Bottlenosed Dolphin

Sparkle and Lightning, two bottlenosed dolphins were swimming off the shore of Charleston, SC. In two weeks, they ate a total of 366 fish. Sparkle ate 16 more fish than Lightning. How many fish did each bottlenosed dolphin eat?

South Caroline schools: can you write a word problem like these problems using other state symbols like the Loggerhead Turtles, White Tailed Deer, Eastern Tiger Swallowtails, amethysts, and wild turkeys?

Schools from other states and countries, can you create a word problem highlighting an emblem or symbol of your region?  Feel free to send us your word problems!

All these state symbols/emblems can be found on South Carolina's State Symbols website.


  1. Dear Garden of Learning,

    Wow! I love all of your state symbol word problems! It is certainly a fun way to mix geography, reading, and math!

    I will be sharing your word problems with my students this week, and we will try to solve them.

    I'm curious, has anyone ever seen bottlenosed dolphins or loggerhead turtles? Are the jessamine flowers common? Our state flower is the California poppy, and they are easily found.

    Your California friend,
    Mrs. Y♥llis

  2. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    We really enjoyed seeing your students solve our word problems and several of us would like to be in videos like your students were. We will continue to work hard and learn to be great thinkers.

    To answer your questions, we surveyed our class, and out of 18 students, only 5 had seen a bottlenosed dolphin and 9 had seen a loggerhead turtle. 10 students have seen the yellow jessamine flowers in their yards or parks. Some of them had seen them in stores like Lowes and Home Depot. That is where Miss Tripp bought her jasmine.

    Thank you so much for letting us be involved in the word problem challenge! We sure did learn a lot:) Please keep in touch, and we'll be following your exciting class events on Twitter.

    Miss Tripp's Class
    South Carolina

    PS. Here are a couple questions some students have for you:

    1. What is your student's favorite technology tools to use? (Parker)

    2. How many students are in your class? (Elijah)

    3. In the future could we Skype with your class? (Memphis)

    4. Do you use skip counting in your class?(Hunter)

  3. Dear Ms. Tripp & Class,

    We enjoyed reading your problems and working them too. We especially liked the problem about your governor and President Obama! We have put a little surprise we have made for you on our blog. We hope that you enjoy it!



    Mrs. Deyamport & the TEA Timers