Problem-Solving Strategies

TEKS 5.14c,
Obj 11,12 & 13

Pre Test

For questions 1-10, read each story problem and decide which strategy would be BEST to solve the story problem.

1. Susan has pictures of her recent vacation that are 2 in. wide and 4 in long. She wants to put them into a photo album that is 8 in. wide by 12 in. long. How many pictures can she fit on a page?
A. Draw a picture
B. Work backwards
C. Make a table
D. Look for a pattern

2. Wendy is painting a design around a wooden box. She had time to paint a star, heart, circle, circle, heart, star, and heart before she had to quit. What shape will Wendy paint next to finish the design?
A. Work backwards
B. Work a simpler problem
C. Look for a pattern
D. Make a table

3. Sam is 8 years old; Tyler is 6 years younger. How old will Sam be when he is twice as old as Tyler?
A. Work a simpler problem
B. Draw a picture
C. Work backwards
D. Systematic guessing and checking

4. Judy went to the grocery store and bought 2 packages of hotdogs for \$2.49 each, 2 packages of hot dog buns for \$.89 each, and 3 bags of chips for \$2.79 each. What was the total cost of Judy's groceries?
A. Work backwards
B. Make a table
C. Work a simpler problem
D. Look for a pattern

5. Bob is making a picture frame for his mother. He is decorating it with 4 different colored stones. He started with 2 reds, 1 blue, 2 greens, 1 yellow. If he continues this pattern, what color and how many of them will come next?
A. Make a table
B. Look for a pattern
C. Systematic Guessing and Checking
D. Work a simpler problem

6. The Millers are renting a van for a their family vacation. The total cost for a 5 day rental is \$325.50, including \$15.75 in taxes and \$95.00 for insurance. How much is the daily van rental fee alone, without taxes and insurance?
A. Make a table
B. Look for a pattern
C. Work backwards
D. Draw a picture

7. An art project calls for 2 pieces of yarn. The long piece is 5 times the short strip. The short piece is 8 in. long. How long are the two pieces when placed end to end?
A. Work backwards
B. Make a table
C. Work a simpler problem
D. Draw a picture

8. On Friday, Ben's Ice Cream Cafe sold 12 ice cream cones for \$1.50 each, 8 sundaes for \$2.75 each and 14 milkshakes for \$2.25 each. How much money did they make on Friday?
A. Make a table
B. Work backwards
C. Look for a pattern
D. Work a simpler problem

9. Andrew made \$81.00 for mowing the yards in his neighborhood. He has 13 bills. What combination of bills might he have?
A. Work a simpler problem
B. Make a table
C. Draw a picture
D. Systematic guessing and checking

10. The Gomez family spent \$249.00 on concert tickets for Thursday and Friday night. They bought 5 tickets at \$17.00 each for the Thursday night concert. If the Friday night concert tickets cost \$22.00, how many tickets did they buy?
A. Look for a pattern
B. Work backwards
C. Draw a picture
D. Make a table