Description: This packet helps students apply their skills with decimals to a range of word problems. Some problems are fairly simple, just requiring students to choose the proper operation and execute it correctly. Other problems require students to execute several steps, using a range of operations with decimals. The final 16 problems are part of a one large story problem, asking students to take answers from previous problems and use them to find answers to subsequent problems. Skills include: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division with decimals, creating fractions based on information, creating decimals (proportions) based on fractions.
Solve the word problems. Show all of your work. Use labels in your answers.
Simple: Your school is having a dance, and you are in charge of the punch bowl. It is estimated that each person attending the dance will drink 1.78 pints of punch. The guest list says that 84 people are attending. How many pints of punch will you need to purchase for the dance?
Advanced: You are talking to your boyfriend/girlfriend who is overseas, and it costs you \$.35 for your first text message, and \$.08 for each additional text. If you have $.75 cents, how many times can you text?
Students should feel comfortable with all decimal operations in order to complete these word problems. The word problems require students to think, decide on proper operations, and stay organized as they execute several operations for one question. Some questions are fantasy based and some are realistic, but all deal with math problems that one might encounter in real life.