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Calculate Measurements Using Information From Given Passage

In this worksheet, students will solve word problems. This will develop their problem-solving and comprehension skills.

'Calculate Measurements Using Information From Given Passage' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Problem Solving

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Word problems are a great challenge for our brains! We need to read the question below very carefully to understand what is being asked of us.

 

Take a look at the following example:

Some children weigh fruit for a science experiment.

The apple weighs more than the pear.

The orange weighs less than the apple, but more than the pear.

Which is the lightest fruit?

 

containers of fruit

 

To work out the answer, we can arrange the fruit in order of size:

 

Weight Fruit
apple heaviest
orange in the middle
pear lightest

 

The pear is the lightest because it weighs less than both the apple and orange.


 

Let’s try another together!

Read the words below carefully:

Jack and Miranda have three children.

Daisy is 3 years older than Sally.

Sally is 1 year older than Fred.

Which child is the youngest?

 

Fred must be the youngest as both Sally and Daisy are older than him!

 

 

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Write down the children's names on paper in order, as you read each fact. Then use this to find the answer to the question.

 

 

 

In this activity, you will need to be a word-problem wizard and solve word problems with a wave of your wand!

 

 

Let’s get started!

Are you ready to begin, word wizard?

 

In a queue, Amelie is behind George and in front of JiEun. 

Ross is only in front of JiEun. 

Only George is in front of Clara.

 

 

Select the statement that is false from the list below.

Amelie is second in the queue

JiEun is at the back of the queue

George is at the front of the queue

Ross is between Amelie and JiEun

Clara is the first girl in the queue

Right, let's have a go at reading this passage...

 

Some fitness fanatics do a competition to see how many sit-ups they can do in a minute.

David does twice as many as Sarah, who does 5 more than Wesley.

Wesley does 13 sit ups. 

Jenny does 11 more than Wesley.

Tommy does the most.

The difference between Tommy and David's amount is half of the difference between Jenny and Sarah's number.

 

 

Select the statement that is false from the list below.  

Nobody does more than Tommy

Wesley does fewer than Sarah

Jenny does more than Sarah

Wesley does fewer than David

Sarah does half the amount Jenny does

Five children go to the fete at their local school.

Laura goes to the face painting stall and the cake stall.

Elodie goes to the hook-a-duck stall.

Chris goes to the same stall as Elodie as well as the hoopla stall, and has his face painted.

Polly goes to the bowling stall, hoopla and the same stalls as Laura.

Benny goes to two stalls the same as Chris, but no stalls the same as Elodie.

 

rubber duck   five cupcakes 

                          two children in face paint

 

Who goes to the most stalls? Type their name in the box below.

Nobody does more than Tommy

Wesley does fewer than Sarah

Jenny does more than Sarah

Wesley does fewer than David

Sarah does half the amount Jenny does

How are you getting on, word detective? Ready for another story?

 

A train is due to depart at 3.40.

Abdul arrives 5 minutes before departure.

Hadia leaves home 25 minutes before departure and arrives 10 minutes early.

It takes Kaaviya 10 minutes to get there and she arrives at the same time as Hadia.

Laxsan leaves his house at 3.30 and arrives at the same time as Abdul.

Jackson leaves his house at 3.10. He has the same journey time as Abdul, but arrives 10 minutes earlier than him. 

 

group of children walking

 

What time does Abdul leave his house?

3.00

3.15

3.20

3.25

3.35

Some fitness fanatics do a competition to see how many sit-ups they can do in a minute.

David does twice as many as Sarah, who does 5 more than Wesley.

Wesley does 13 sit ups. 

Jenny does 11 more than Wesley.

Tommy does the most.

The difference between Tommy and David's amount is half of the difference between Jenny and Sarah's number.

 

 

Match the name of the person to the correct number of sit-ups. One number won't match with anyone so place it with 'Incorrect answer'.

Column A

Column B

David
39
Sarah
33
Wesley
18
Jenny
24
Tommy
13
Incorrect answer
36

Five children go to the fete at their local school.

Laura goes to the face painting stall and the cake stall.

Elodie goes to the hook-a-duck stall.

Chris goes to the same stall as Elodie as well as the hoopla stall, and has his face painted.

Polly goes to the bowling stall, hoopla and the same stalls as Laura.

Benny goes to two stalls the same as Chris, but no stalls the same as Elodie.

 

rubber duck   five cupcakes 

                          two children in face paint

 

Select true or false for each statement below. 

 TrueFalse
Elodie only visited one stall
Only Polly did bowling
Benny goes to three stalls
Three of Polly's stalls are the same as Chris'

Five children go to the fete at their local school.

Laura goes to the face painting stall and the cake stall.

Elodie goes to the hook-a-duck stall.

Chris goes to the same stall as Elodie as well as the hoopla stall, and has his face painted.

Polly goes to the bowling stall, hoopla and the same stalls as Laura.

Benny goes to two stalls the same as Chris, but no stalls the same as Elodie.

 

rubber duck   five cupcakes 

                          two children in face paint

 

Which stall was the most popular?

Hook-a-duck

Bowling

Hoopla

Face painting

Cakes

A train is due to depart at 3.40.

 

Abdul arrives 5 minutes before departure.

Hadia leaves home 25 minutes before departure and arrives 10 minutes early.

It takes Kaaviya 10 minutes to get there and she arrives at the same time as Hadia.

Laxsan leaves his house at 3.30 and arrives at the same time as Abdul.

Jackson leaves his house at 3.10. He has the same journey time as Abdul, but arrives 10 minutes earlier than him. 

 

 

 

Select true or false for the statements below.

 TrueFalse
Three children have a journey time of 15 minutes
Hadia leaves her house the earliest
Laxsan takes 5 minutes to get to the train station
Kaaviya arrives at the train station the earliest

As part of a science experiment, some students pour water into different jugs.

The red jug has half the amount of water as the yellow jug.

The blue jug has more than the red jug but less than the yellow jug.

The purple jug contains 200 ml. This is a third of the water in the red jug. 

The orange jug has the same amount of water as the red and purple jugs combined. 

The blue jug has 100 ml more than the orange jug.

 

 

 

Which jug contains the most water?

Blue

Orange

Purple

Red

Yellow

As part of a science experiment, some students pour water into different jugs.

The red jug has half the amount of water as the yellow jug.

The blue jug has more than the red jug but less than the yellow jug.

The purple jug contains 200 ml. This is a third of the water in the red jug. 

The orange jug has the same amount of water as the red and purple jugs combined. 

The blue jug has 100 ml more than the orange jug.

 

 

 

Match the amounts with the correct jug. One amount will not match with any of the jugs, so place that with 'Incorrect answer'.

Column A

Column B

Blue
200 ml
Orange
800 ml
Purple
900 ml
Red
1200 ml
Yellow
300 ml
Incorrect answer
600 ml
  • Question 1

Are you ready to begin, word wizard?

 

In a queue, Amelie is behind George and in front of JiEun. 

Ross is only in front of JiEun. 

Only George is in front of Clara.

 

 

Select the statement that is false from the list below.

CORRECT ANSWER
Amelie is second in the queue
EDDIE SAYS
What we need to do is note down where each child is in the queue. Remember, they're not necessarily mentioned in order, so we might need to pop people in between others as we read on. You should find it gives you an order of George, Clara, Amelie, Ross and JiEun. If Ross is only in front of JiEun, it puts her at the back and Ross fourth in the queue. We don't know a lot about Clara, but if only George is in front of her, she must be second in the queue. This then places Amelie in third place. Once we have organised this, we can see that the false option must be the first one because Amelie is not second in the queue, but third. We're only one question in, now is your chance to grab a pencil and paper to jot down important information going forward.
  • Question 2

Right, let's have a go at reading this passage...

 

Some fitness fanatics do a competition to see how many sit-ups they can do in a minute.

David does twice as many as Sarah, who does 5 more than Wesley.

Wesley does 13 sit ups. 

Jenny does 11 more than Wesley.

Tommy does the most.

The difference between Tommy and David's amount is half of the difference between Jenny and Sarah's number.

 

 

Select the statement that is false from the list below.  

CORRECT ANSWER
Sarah does half the amount Jenny does
EDDIE SAYS
Let's work through each option one by one. Firstly, we know that Tommy does the most, so option one is true. We find out that Sarah does 5 more than Wesley, so yes Wesley does do fewer than Sarah. Jenny does 11 more than Wesley, so that means she must also do more than Sarah, as there's only 5 between Wesley and Sarah. So again, it's true! Next up, we know David does more than Sarah, which means he also does more than Wesley. This makes it true that Wesley does fewer than David. So what about our final option? Sarah doesn't do half the amount that Jenny does - she does half the amount that David does. We have found our false option!
  • Question 3

Five children go to the fete at their local school.

Laura goes to the face painting stall and the cake stall.

Elodie goes to the hook-a-duck stall.

Chris goes to the same stall as Elodie as well as the hoopla stall, and has his face painted.

Polly goes to the bowling stall, hoopla and the same stalls as Laura.

Benny goes to two stalls the same as Chris, but no stalls the same as Elodie.

 

rubber duck   five cupcakes 

                          two children in face paint

 

Who goes to the most stalls? Type their name in the box below.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
To avoid any mistakes here, make a list or a table of which activity each child went to. When you do this, you should find that Polly went to four activities, as she visited two of the same stalls as Laura, plus two others. Nobody else did this many, so we have Polly as our answer.
  • Question 4

How are you getting on, word detective? Ready for another story?

 

A train is due to depart at 3.40.

Abdul arrives 5 minutes before departure.

Hadia leaves home 25 minutes before departure and arrives 10 minutes early.

It takes Kaaviya 10 minutes to get there and she arrives at the same time as Hadia.

Laxsan leaves his house at 3.30 and arrives at the same time as Abdul.

Jackson leaves his house at 3.10. He has the same journey time as Abdul, but arrives 10 minutes earlier than him. 

 

group of children walking

 

What time does Abdul leave his house?

CORRECT ANSWER
3.20
EDDIE SAYS
We have a few steps to work through to get to our answer here! Firstly, let's work out what time Abdul arrives at the station. It is 5 minutes before the departure time of 3.40, so he arrived at 3.35. Next, let's work out Jackson's arrival time. He arrives 10 minutes earlier than Abdul, so that must be 3.25. So, how long was Jackson's journey? He left home at 3.10 and arrived at 3.25, so that's 15 minutes. This gives us our final step of taking 15 minutes away from Abdul's arrival time, giving us the time he left home as 3.20.
  • Question 5

Some fitness fanatics do a competition to see how many sit-ups they can do in a minute.

David does twice as many as Sarah, who does 5 more than Wesley.

Wesley does 13 sit ups. 

Jenny does 11 more than Wesley.

Tommy does the most.

The difference between Tommy and David's amount is half of the difference between Jenny and Sarah's number.

 

 

Match the name of the person to the correct number of sit-ups. One number won't match with anyone so place it with 'Incorrect answer'.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

David
36
Sarah
18
Wesley
13
Jenny
24
Tommy
39
Incorrect answer
33
EDDIE SAYS
We can begin with Wesley here, as it tells us he does 13. As Sarah did 5 more than that, we add 5 to 13 to get 18 sit-ups for Sarah. Double this, and we get David's amount, so he did 36. Onto Jenny, she did 11 more than Wesley, so 13 + 11 = 24. Now for the trickiest bit. What is the difference between Sarah and Jenny's amounts? We should find that that is 6. The difference between David and Tommy's number of sit-ups must be 3, as this is half of 6. But do we add it on or take it away from David's 36 to find Tommy's number? Well, as we know Tommy did the most, he must have done 3 more than David, making our answer 39, and leaving 33 as the incorrect answer. Continue to take your time and work step by step, word wizard.
  • Question 6

Five children go to the fete at their local school.

Laura goes to the face painting stall and the cake stall.

Elodie goes to the hook-a-duck stall.

Chris goes to the same stall as Elodie as well as the hoopla stall, and has his face painted.

Polly goes to the bowling stall, hoopla and the same stalls as Laura.

Benny goes to two stalls the same as Chris, but no stalls the same as Elodie.

 

rubber duck   five cupcakes 

                          two children in face paint

 

Select true or false for each statement below. 

CORRECT ANSWER
 TrueFalse
Elodie only visited one stall
Only Polly did bowling
Benny goes to three stalls
Three of Polly's stalls are the same as Chris'
EDDIE SAYS
As they come first, let's start with our two true statements. The text states that Elodie only visits hook-a-duck, so it's true that she only visits one stall, and bowling is only mentioned for Polly, so it's true that she is the only person to have a go at that activity. As for the false options, Benny only goes to two of the same stalls as Chris, so she visits two not three. Finally, Polly visits everything except for hook-a-duck, whereas Chris does go to hook-a-duck, so Polly doesn't match with all three of the stalls that Chris visited. They only visited two that were the same - hoopla and face painting.
  • Question 7

Five children go to the fete at their local school.

Laura goes to the face painting stall and the cake stall.

Elodie goes to the hook-a-duck stall.

Chris goes to the same stall as Elodie as well as the hoopla stall, and has his face painted.

Polly goes to the bowling stall, hoopla and the same stalls as Laura.

Benny goes to two stalls the same as Chris, but no stalls the same as Elodie.

 

rubber duck   five cupcakes 

                          two children in face paint

 

Which stall was the most popular?

CORRECT ANSWER
Face painting
EDDIE SAYS
Again, if you have made your list here, it makes this question much quicker to answer! We should be able to see that four of the children went to face painting - that is everyone except for Elodie. No other stall was this popular, so face painting wins the popularity contest!
  • Question 8

A train is due to depart at 3.40.

 

Abdul arrives 5 minutes before departure.

Hadia leaves home 25 minutes before departure and arrives 10 minutes early.

It takes Kaaviya 10 minutes to get there and she arrives at the same time as Hadia.

Laxsan leaves his house at 3.30 and arrives at the same time as Abdul.

Jackson leaves his house at 3.10. He has the same journey time as Abdul, but arrives 10 minutes earlier than him. 

 

 

 

Select true or false for the statements below.

CORRECT ANSWER
 TrueFalse
Three children have a journey time of 15 minutes
Hadia leaves her house the earliest
Laxsan takes 5 minutes to get to the train station
Kaaviya arrives at the train station the earliest
EDDIE SAYS
Again, there are quite a few steps to work through here, but what you need to do is to create a table of what time each child arrives at the train station, what time they leave home and how long their journey took. From this, you should find that Abdul, Hadia and Jackson all have journey times of 15 minutes. We worked this out for Abdul and Jackson in the previous question. For Hadia, we can work this out because the difference between the time she leaves and the time she arrives is 15 minutes. Hadia leaves her house at 3.15, but this is not earlier than Jackson, as he leaves at 3.10, so option two is false. Laxsan does take 5 minutes to get to the train station because he arrives at 3.35 like Abdul, and left his house at 3.30. Finally, it is false that Kaaviya arrives at the train station earliest because Jackson arrives 10 minutes before Abdul, which means he arrived at 3.25. Therefore, Kaaviya arrives at 3.30 like Hadia.
  • Question 9

As part of a science experiment, some students pour water into different jugs.

The red jug has half the amount of water as the yellow jug.

The blue jug has more than the red jug but less than the yellow jug.

The purple jug contains 200 ml. This is a third of the water in the red jug. 

The orange jug has the same amount of water as the red and purple jugs combined. 

The blue jug has 100 ml more than the orange jug.

 

 

 

Which jug contains the most water?

CORRECT ANSWER
Yellow
EDDIE SAYS
The yellow jug is mentioned twice. First, we are told that it contains double the amount of water as the red jug. Second, we find out that the blue jug contains less than the yellow jug. So, are there any other jugs that could possibly have more than the yellow one? No, because no others are mentioned as having more than the blue jug, so they certainly can't be more than the yellow one. If you're wondering about the orange jug, we find out that it is a combination of the red and purple jugs. Adding a third to the red jug still won't make it more than the yellow jug, as the yellow jug contains double the amount of the red one. Don't worry if you still feel unsure, all will become clear in the following question!
  • Question 10

As part of a science experiment, some students pour water into different jugs.

The red jug has half the amount of water as the yellow jug.

The blue jug has more than the red jug but less than the yellow jug.

The purple jug contains 200 ml. This is a third of the water in the red jug. 

The orange jug has the same amount of water as the red and purple jugs combined. 

The blue jug has 100 ml more than the orange jug.

 

 

 

Match the amounts with the correct jug. One amount will not match with any of the jugs, so place that with 'Incorrect answer'.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Blue
900 ml
Orange
800 ml
Purple
200 ml
Red
600 ml
Yellow
1200 ml
Incorrect answer
300 ml
EDDIE SAYS
Some of you might already have calculated these as soon as you read the previous question, so you might be ahead of the game here! We have to start with purple, as we're told this contains 200 ml. Multiply this by three, and we have the amount in the red jug - 600 ml. We can then double this to find that the yellow jug contains 1200 ml, as we know that the red jug is half of the yellow jug. What about the orange jug I hear you ask detective? We have to add the red and purple together, so 600 + 200, and we will get 800 ml as the amount in the orange one, leaving the blue jug as 900 ml. The incorrect answer is 300 ml, as we have to double the amount in the red jug to find the yellow jug - not halve it! Well done for completing this set of rather challenging activities. You're becoming quite a word wizard! At this stage, you should feel more comfortable calculating measurements using information from a given text. Definitely have a go at a more challenging activity to really consolidate this skill.
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