Problems of the Month:

Early Childhood Tasks:

Candles have been used for light and to illuminate man’s celebrations for more than 5,000 years. During December, many celebrations involve lighting candles. Here are some candle problems for you to consider:

Jackson lights a candle at 2:00 and it burns until 5:00. How many hours did his candle burn? Explain your solution.

A Kinara is a candle holder used to celebrate Kwanzaa. A Kinara has 7 candles. The Jones family lit all but two candles on their Kinara. How many candles did they light?

Adapted from problems found here

Reid has twice as many candles as Mike. If Reid has 8 candles, how many candles does Mike have? Show how you know.

        (Download and Print these problems for your classroom)

Middle Grades: (3 – 8) All of these tasks and more come from Yummy Math

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