Published at Sunday, 12 April 2020. Math Games. By Bernadette Louis.
On the first day of each month the canteen cooks hamburgers. The Cook needs 1/10 of a kg of mince, 1/8 of a lettuce and 1/5 of a lettuce for each burger. How much of each item does the Cook need to have on hand if every student (except 5) order a hamburger? It takes Principal Jones 20 minutes to walk from his house to the school. If he walks to the school in the morning and home in the afternoon. How long will he walk in total in 1 school week? How long will he walk in total in a 9 week term? The school day starts at 9:00 a.m. First break is from 11:00 a.m to 11:20 a.m. The second break is from 1:00 p.m to 1:40 p.m. The school day finishes at 3:00 p.m. How much time do the students spend in class in one day? How much time do the students spend in class in one week? How much time do the students spend on break in one day? How much time do the students spend on break in one week?
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