Find a pattern to solve:
The Portsmouth Players give two daytime shows and three evening shows per week. Their current play will run for 30 shows. How many of the shows will be daytime shows?
I would solve it like this:
2 daytime shows + 3 evening shows = 5 shows per week
30 total shows divided by 5 shows = 6 weeks
6 weeks x 2 daytime shows = 12 daytime shows in all
And then you know that the answer is correct because 30-12 leaves 18 evening shows, divided by 6 weeks, for 3 evening shows per week.
Unfortunately, I know this isn't what G's teacher wants her to do, because 1.) they haven't learned division yet, and 2.) it's not "finding a pattern to solve." I did show her my method, but then had her leave the answer blank and wrote a note asking the teacher to explain how she's supposed to solve it. (I left out the part I really wanted to write, which was "because hell if I know!")
Boy, I can't wait till she gets to algebra!