# Word Problem Wednesday: Math Practice In The Garden

Feb 2, 2019 | Needham

“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.” -Gertrude Jekyll

A garden may certainly be a grand teacher for some things, but Mathnasium is the leading math tutorial center! And what better way to get some elementary math help than with a fun word problem challenge? Math students can practice their elementary math skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and fractions with this fun gardening-themed word problem.

You don’t have to have a green thumb to figure out the answer. Just read below, put your mind to it, and take your time. Be sure to check back tomorrow for the solution!

Question: Ella plants a dozen seeds. Half of those seeds sprout and grow into plants. Each of those plants grows 3 flowers. How many flowers does Ella have?

Solution: A dozen means 12. So, since half of Ella’s 12 planted seeds sprout, that means 6 seeds sprout and grow into plants. Each of those plants grows 3 flowers, so Ella has 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 = 18 flowers.