Look no further than your local grocery store and current events for this real-world math problem! Here’s the problem:

A family of four uses two-thirds of a 6-roll package of toilet paper each week. How long will 4 packages last?

Lots of good math in there! First, you have to figure out how many rolls of the 6-roll package is two-thirds of the package. Drawing a picture of the package is a great strategy for solving that first part. In the diagram below, you see that two-thirds of the package is four rolls of toilet paper. So each week the family uses four rolls of toilet paper.

The next step would probably be to draw four 6-roll packages since the problem asks how long four packages would last.

Finally, I could draw and label the rolls used each week.

Keep in mind that this is just one way to solve this problem! If your child solves it a different way, I hope you’ll share it in the comments or on Twitter!

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