If I know one thing about writers and linguists, it's this: 95% of you are terrified of math. (Ok, that's not a true statistic, and the number may be inflated, but ... it's something I hear all too frequently.)
I seem to be one of the lucky few who really loved both as a child, and still do as an adult. Numbers do not terrify me; I actually get overly excited with number puzzles and sudoku. Though admittedly they can send my brain running circles around itself occasionally, like a dog chasing it's tail, and I do not like to play real-life budgetary games with them. I would much prefer an infinite supply of monetary funds rather than have to crunch dollar signs, but I digress.
As terrifying as arithmetic may sound to some of you, as a writer I am positive you can set out a clear word problem for an elementary school math textbook. And that is exactly your challenge today!
writing exercise: Pick a simple math sentence (i.e. 5 + 6 = 11). Translate it into a word problem that would appeal to elementary school-aged children ages 8-10, where they are asked to provide the solution.
(Click "read more" for writercizer sample response.)
writercizer sample response:
8 / 2 = 4
It was time for the square dancing lesson in Ms. Bigg's 4th grade gym class. The first group of eight students was selected to learn and demonstrate how to do-si-do. Ms. Biggs told the eight students to divide into pairs by choosing a dance partner. Each pair must consist of two students. How many pairs did those eight students make?