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How many times can you cheer about a snow day before you get to the 100th letter? Find out with a creative word problem that challenges young mathematicians to determine what the 100th letter will be in a sequence of letters.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Project onto the whiteboard for a warm-up activity
  • Include in a math homework packet during the winter season
  • Prompt individuals or pairs to come up with similar word problems using a different phrase
Classroom Considerations

  • There may be more than one way to solve the problem; encourage learners to be creative
  • Designed for middle schoolers but applicable to older elementary classes as well

  • Another version of the word problem is attached
  • Provides an answer key with one possible strategy to solve the problem

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