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Word Problem Wednesday: Collecting Seashells

Nov 20, 2019

We take our role as the leading kids’ tutor in math very seriously, but that doesn’t mean that our after school tutoring practice has to be serious. We want to teach kids that math can be fun! Part of the fun is being able to apply math in real-world situations and work out problems on their own.

This week’s word problem challenge gives students the opportunity to practice math skills such as addition, subtraction, logic and repeating patterns. Take a look at the question below and put your mind to working it out. 

Question: Bethany collected 19 seashells today. Yesterday, she collected twice as many as she did today. She plans to collect twice as many seashells tomorrow as she did yesterday. How many seashells does Bethany plan to collect tomorrow?

Take your time working it out, and when you're ready look below to check your solution against ours!


Solution: Bethany collected 19 seashells today and 19 + 19 = 38 seashells yesterday. Twice as many as 38 seashells is 38 + 38 = 76 seashells. So, Bethany plans to collect 76 seashells tomorrow.