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Division and Rounding: Word Problems

In this worksheet, students round off to give sensible answers to wordy division problems.

'Division and Rounding: Word Problems' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:   Number

Curriculum subtopic:   Round/Approximate Numbers Appropriately

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Sometimes when we divide, we get answers which are too accurate and therefore don't make sense.

We must round the answer up or down to make sense of the question.

 

Example

How many coaches carrying 20 people will be needed to take 575 people to a football match?

 

Answer

 

575 ÷ 20 = 28.75

 

It is IMPOSSIBLE to have 28.75 coaches....so we need to THINK!!

28 coaches will not be enough.

So we need to round up to 29 coaches.

 

Solve the problem and round to make a sensible answer.

How many chocolate bars at 8p can I buy for £1?

Solve the problem and round to make a sensible answer.

How many chocolate bars at 23p can I buy for £1?

Solve the problem and round to make a sensible answer.

How many coaches carrying 40 people will be needed to take 430 people to a football match?

Solve the problem and round to make a sensible answer.

How many chocolate bars at 13p can I buy for £1?

Solve the problem and round to make a sensible answer.

How many chocolate bars at 12p can I buy for £2?

Solve the problem and round to make a sensible answer.

How many chocolate bars at 5p can I buy for £3?

Solve the problem and round to make a sensible answer.

How many coaches carrying 40 people will be needed to take 652 people to a football match?

Solve the problem and round to make a sensible answer.

How many whole weeks are there in 286 days?

Solve the problem and round to make a sensible answer.

How many flower boxes of 17 plants can be filled with 674 plants?

Solve the problem and round to make a sensible answer.

A volunteer has to deliver 447 picnic boxes. Her car will only hold 26 boxes. How many journeys must she make to deliver them all?

  • Question 1

Solve the problem and round to make a sensible answer.

How many chocolate bars at 8p can I buy for £1?

CORRECT ANSWER
12
EDDIE SAYS
100 ÷ 8 = 12.5, but we can't buy 0.5 of a bar of chocolate, so the answer is 12 whole bars.
  • Question 2

Solve the problem and round to make a sensible answer.

How many chocolate bars at 23p can I buy for £1?

CORRECT ANSWER
4
EDDIE SAYS
100 ÷ 23 = 4.34783.... it's impossible to buy 0.34783.... of a bar of chocolate, so the answer is 4 whole bars.
  • Question 3

Solve the problem and round to make a sensible answer.

How many coaches carrying 40 people will be needed to take 430 people to a football match?

CORRECT ANSWER
11
EDDIE SAYS
430 ÷ 40 = 10.75. This means that we have 10 full coaches, plus one more for the remaining people.
  • Question 4

Solve the problem and round to make a sensible answer.

How many chocolate bars at 13p can I buy for £1?

CORRECT ANSWER
7
EDDIE SAYS
100 ÷ 13 = 7.692... so we can only buy 7 WHOLE bars.
  • Question 5

Solve the problem and round to make a sensible answer.

How many chocolate bars at 12p can I buy for £2?

CORRECT ANSWER
16
EDDIE SAYS
200 ÷ 12 = 16.666... so we can buy 16 WHOLE bars.
  • Question 6

Solve the problem and round to make a sensible answer.

How many chocolate bars at 5p can I buy for £3?

CORRECT ANSWER
60
EDDIE SAYS
300 ÷ 5 = 60, so we can buy exactly 60 bars.
  • Question 7

Solve the problem and round to make a sensible answer.

How many coaches carrying 40 people will be needed to take 652 people to a football match?

CORRECT ANSWER
17
EDDIE SAYS
652 ÷ 40 = 16.3. This means we have 16 full coaches plus one more for the remaining people.
  • Question 8

Solve the problem and round to make a sensible answer.

How many whole weeks are there in 286 days?

CORRECT ANSWER
40
EDDIE SAYS
286 ÷ 7 = 40.8571... which means there are 40 WHOLE weeks in 286 days.
  • Question 9

Solve the problem and round to make a sensible answer.

How many flower boxes of 17 plants can be filled with 674 plants?

CORRECT ANSWER
39
EDDIE SAYS
674 ÷ 17 = 39.647... which means that only 39 boxes can be completely filled.
  • Question 10

Solve the problem and round to make a sensible answer.

A volunteer has to deliver 447 picnic boxes. Her car will only hold 26 boxes. How many journeys must she make to deliver them all?

CORRECT ANSWER
18
EDDIE SAYS
447 ÷ 26 = 17.1923... which means that she can make 17 journeys with her car full, but she needs to make one more journey to take the left over boxes.
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