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**Lower Elementary:**

*Answer:* $3.90

*Solution:* Zachary earned 15¢, 6 times for the books. That’s 15, 30, 45, 60, 75, 90¢ for all 6 of the books. He earned $1.00, 3 times for the toys. That’s $3.00 for all 3 of the toys. So, altogether, Zachary earned $0.90 + $3.00 = $3.90.

**Upper Elementary:**

*Answer:* 8:35 p.m.

*Solution:* The amount of time it takes for all of the students to finish their songs is 8 × 5 = 40 minutes. Since they have to finish the recital by 9:15 p.m., we count back 40 minutes before 9:15 p.m. to 8:35 p.m.

**Middle School:**

*Answer:* 6 inches

*Solution:* The length of the tree’s shadow is two-thirds the height of the tree. So, the length of the songbird’s shadow is two-thirds its height; 2 inches is two-thirds of 3 inches, so the songbird must be 3 inches tall. That means that the squirrel is 6 inches tall because 6 inches is twice as tall as 3 inches.

**Algebra and Up:**

*Answer:* They earned $0 in April.

*Solution:* This function is a parabola that opens upward, so the lowest value is at the vertex. To find the month, we find –*b **⁄*2*a** *= – –8 ⁄2(1) = 8⁄2 = 4. So the vertex is at *t *= 4, which represents the month of April. To find how much they earned, we set *t *= 4 and solve: 42 – 8(4) + 16 = 16 – 32 + 16 = 0. So, the cat-sitting business earned $0 in April.