Word Problem Wednesday: Fairies!

By | Added May 25, 2016

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On this Word Problem Wednesday, we're celebrating a mythical creature that's captured our imaginations and stolen our hearts! Solve our fairy-themed word problem below; we'll update with the answer tomorrow.

A fairy has a wingspan of 17 centimeters. That’s the length of both wings completely outstretched. If 5 fairies line up wingtip-to-wingtip, how long would the line of fairies be?

Update: Here's the solution!

Here's the solution: To find the length of a line of 5 fairies whose wingspans are each 17 centimeters, we have to multiply 17 by 5. One way to do this is to multiply the wingspan by 10, then take half of it. 17 × 10 = 170. Half of 170 = 85 centimeters!