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Bob and Leroy stole a case of beer

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1. If Bob had 2 and Leroy had  3, how many beers were left?

2. Expressed as a fraction in lowest terms, how much of the stolen beer did Bob consume?

3. Expressed as a fraction in lowest terms, how much of the stolen beer did Leroy consume?

4. Optional question for students who get this far before the end of class;  Bob and Leroy sold the rest of the beers for two bucks each at Boiler Beach. How much money did they take in?


That’s a ready-to-go worksheet for you 9L math teachers. As for the lesson, just bring in a case of beer. Show the kids that there’s 24 in there (although virtually all 9L kids already know this) and 24/24 is a whole number, whereas after somebody drinks one (pick a volunteer, and you’ll have lots) we are in the brave new world of FRACTIONS!

That’s how you get kids interested in learning fractions, one of the biggest hurdles in math education.


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