WedWoPro #6 – Are we there yet?

Every Wednesday, I give a chance to my child to explore a problem a way that makes sense to her.  And every Wednesday, I share the word problem, and my experience with you, so you can do the same ! Click here  to start from the beginning ! Hope you join us !

Here comes WedWoPro #6. As always, 3 levels of difficulty, green, orange and red.


WedWoPro #6 – Are we there yet?

“Are we there, yet ?” said Rosie.

“Not quite”, said Uncle Paul.

“First, we need to stop at the bakery

  • We will buy 4 croissants. Each croissant cost $1
  • We will buy 6 croissants. Each croissant costs 2 quarters or 50 cents
  • We will buy 5 croissants. Each croissant cost $ 0.75

How much will we spend? I have a $5 bill. How much change will I get back ?

When we get home, we will share the croissants with your aunt and your brother, so we all have the same amount. How many croissants will each of us get ?

“Are we at the bakery, yet ?” said Rosie.

“Not quite”, said Uncle Paul.


Here is the .pdf if you want to print it out (WedWoPro6).

  • Level green: Rosie and Uncle Paul will spend $4 and receive $1 back in change. Each of them will get 1 croissant.
  • Level orange: Rosie and Uncle Paul will spend $3 and receive $2 back in change. Each of them will get 1 and 1/2 croissant.
  • Level red: Rosie and Uncle Paul will spend $3.75 and receive $1.25 back in change. Each of them will get 1 and 1/4 croissant.

Sharing my experience:

A few month ago, Rosie and I reviewed coins with the book “Dollars and Cents for Harriet”, and a trip to Trader Joes (see previous post here). I was curious to see how she would apprehend a word problem involving money. Indeed, it was a good review.

I let her explore Level Green on her own, and we discussed Level Orange. We did not do Level Red. Modeling that there are 4 quarters in a dollar i.e. you could buy 2 croissants with $1,  was key for Rosie to solve Level Orange. It may help your child too.

The  equal sharing question was easier for Rosie, glad to see that our previous journey  T4F was indeed helpful in building up understanding in fractions !

Until next time !


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