# Word Problem Wednesday: Wake Up Call for Elementary School Math Skills

May 2, 2018 | Diamond Bar

Do you just hate waking up in the morning? Which do you think would be a better wake up call, an alarm clock or a duck? This week’s word problem challenge will give you a chance to answer that question all while allowing you to practice your elementary school math skill such as division and fractions.

Even though you sometimes don't want to believe it, every time you practice math skills you improve math skills! Take a shot at this week's Word Problem Wednesday:

Challenge: One farmer sleeps through his alarm clock 3 times every 12 days. Another farmer has a duck that wakes him up 2 out of every 3 days by quacking. Which wakeup method is more effective, the alarm clock or the duck?

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Solution: Since the farmer sleeps through his alarm 3 times every 12 days, he wakes up to his alarm clock 9 times every 12 days. So, the alarm clock is successful 9 ÷ 12 = ¾ of the mornings it’s used. The duck wakes up the farmer 2 ÷ 3 = â…” of the mornings it quacks. Since ¾ is more than â…”, the alarm clock is more effective than the duck.