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Five Christmas presents together cost £174.

The present in red wrapping paper cost £23

The blue present cost twice as much as the red present. How much did the blue present cost?

£

The yellow present cost one pound more than the red present. How much did the yellow present cost?

£

The purple present cost ten pounds more than the blue present. How much did the purple present cost?

£

What was the total cost of the red and green presents together?

£

What was the total cost of the blue and green presents together?

£

What was the total cost of the yellow and green presents together?

£

What was the total cost of the purple and green presents together?

£

What was the total cost of all the presents except the red one?

£

What was the total cost of all the presents except the blue one?

£

What was the total cost if the five presents were bought for each of 17 people?

£
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Level 1 - Questions about the cost of five Christmas presents

Level 2 - Questions about the burning times of five candles.

Level 3 - Questions about the ages of Santa's helpers.

More Christmas Activities including lesson Starters, visual aids, investigations and self-marking exercises.

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Maths Word Problem Solving Guide

1. Read Carefully: Before you start solving, read the entire problem. Understand what is being asked and what information is provided.

2. Identify the Unknowns: Determine what you need to find out. It's helpful to represent unknown quantities with variables, like x or y.

3. Break Down the Problem: Some problems have multiple parts. It's essential to solve each part step by step. Sometimes, solving one part can help you solve the next.

4. Write Down the Information: List down the facts you know from the problem. This can include prices, quantities, ratios, or any other given data.

5. Formulate Equations: Based on the information provided, try to form mathematical equations. Remember, the same word can mean different mathematical operations:

- "More than" usually means addition.

- "Less than" usually means subtraction.

- "Times" or "of" often means multiplication.

- "Divided by" means division.

6. Solve the Equations: Once you have your equations set up, solve for the unknowns. Sometimes, you might need to solve multiple equations simultaneously.

7. Check Your Work: After finding a solution, read the problem again to ensure your answer makes sense in the context of the question. It's always a good idea to plug your solution back into the problem to see if it works.

8. Practise: The more problems you solve, the better you'll become at identifying patterns and strategies for different types of questions.

9. Stay Calm: If you find a problem challenging, take a deep breath and approach it calmly. Sometimes, taking a short break and coming back to the problem can provide a fresh perspective.

10. Ask for Help: If you're stuck, don't hesitate to ask a teacher, classmate, or parent for guidance. Sometimes, discussing the problem out loud can help you see it in a new light.

Remember, word problems are like puzzles. With practise and the right strategies, you can become a master problem solver!

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