Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?


As I was helping my daughter with her math homework the other day, it became clear to me that either I am not as smart or my memory of it has disappeared forever.
She was working on equations and this homework involved a team of parents texting each other as we were all so very confused. It was frustrating and exhausting to explain it all to my clueless daughter. We read each math problem a hundred times. Still puzzled.
We managed to get a few of the equations correct, I hope. How did I ever pass Calculus I and II in college? Maybe it’s just my old age, I don’t know.
So my question to you is… are you smarter than a 5th grader? Let’s test your math skills. Here are a few questions from her homework:

1. Karin’s mom runs a dairy farm. Last year Betty the cow gave 375 gallons less than twice the amount from Bessie the cow. Together, Betty and Bessie produced 1464 gallons of milk. How many gallons did each cow give? (This was one of the easier ones so don’t get too excited.)

Sample equation:

6 + 4n = 50

4n = 44


2. If 4 is subtracted from twice a number, the result is 10 less than the number. Find the number.

3. Find each numerator.

5/16 = __/32

7/10 = __/20

3/8 = __/56

Problem #3 wasn’t too difficult. That was just for easy extra credit points. 😄

I was actually one of those “nerds” in school who got straight A’s and Math was my strongest subject. Now many years later, what can I say about myself? It’s a shame. I know that I am not smarter than a 5th grader.

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  1. I am more knowledgeable than most fifth graders, but I struggled when my kids got to the “new math” in third grade. To me, it was like doing math all around Robin Hood’s barn. I missed the columns, and the direct route of addition. I was never taught transitive properties and the like, and I’m glad the worst of it is over 🙂


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