Saturday, October 8, 2011

Mississippi Word Problems

During our TEA Time, we have been going over how to solve word problems. We came across Mrs. Yollis’ class blog that showed us a different kind of word problem. After reading her post, we took the challenge to write our own Mississippi word problems.  We shared our problems on her blog and hope that her students solved them. Do you want to take the challenge and solve our word problems?
Two Bottlenosed Dolphins are 14 feet long. The large dolphin is 2 feet longer than the small one. How long is the small Bottlenosed Dolphin? How long is the large dolphin?

By: Elijah, Addam, and Madison

Two beehives had 53 honeybees. The large bee hive had 11 more than the small one. How many honeybees did the large hive have? How many did the small hive have?

By: Andric, Yumna, and Ruth

Two Magnolia trees had 59 Magnolia flowers. The tall tree had 13 more flowers than the short one. How many flowers did the tall Magnolia tree have? How many flowers did the short Magnolia tree have?

By: Destiney, Taiya, and Cole

There were two Magnolia Trees in Paul B. Johnson Park that had a total of 50 mockingbirds. The tree by the pond had 16 more mockingbirds than the other. How many mockingbirds did the tree by the pond have? How many mockingbirds did the other tree have?

By:  Daggin, Rahmil, Taressa, and Centirea 


  1. Nice word problems! I teach my students to use some simple algebraic thinking strategies later in the year, and I'll be sure to use these to help them practice. - Mrs. Selke

  2. Dear Rocketeers,

    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, what does a mockingbird look like? Why is it called a mockingbird?

    Your California friend,
    Mrs. Y♥llis

  3. We solved two of the word problems on your blog. They were the one about the length of the dolphins and the one asking how many flowers were on two magnolia trees. As a plan we used a table (t-chart) to solve the problems. This strategy was easy because it allowed us to see the answer instead of doing it in our heads. Thanks for some thought provoking questions.
    Mrs. Musone's Third Grade Students

  4. Mrs. Selke,

    Thank you for your comment. We hope that our word problems help your students. Let us know how they worked out!

    Mrs. Deyamport

  5. Hi Mrs. Yollis!

    Thank you for responding! We are glad that your students solved our problems and were so happy to see your video! It inspired us to create something special for Miss Tripp's class in South Carolina. We can't tell what it is yet because we want to surprise them! We'll let you in on our secret once it's complete. Stay tuned and thanks for sharing all the fun things you are learning in your classroom.


    Mrs. Deyamport & The TEA Timers

  6. Mrs. Musone & Third Graders,

    Thank you for solving our problems! We like your idea of using a T-chart to solve problems. We hope that our classes can connect to share some more problems or play math games. We're always on the look out for some Skype Math Buddies!


    Mrs. Deyamport