Step 1
Use the clues to find out how many players were on each team.
 One clue tells us that the Barracudas have 15 players.
 The Sharks and Dolphins each have three fewer players than the Barracudas.
(15  3 = 12)
So the Sharks and the Dolphins must have 12 players each.
 Find out how many players the Stingrays have.
Think: There are 57 players in all. First find out how many players are on the other teams. Then subtract that number from 57.
Add the total number of players on the other 3 teams.
 15 + 12 + 12 = 39
57 – 39 = 18
There were 18 players on the Stingrays.
Step 2
Make a chart to show the following information.
 The number of players on each team
 The number of players in each car
 The number of cars each team took to the tournament
To find out how many cars the Sharks and Dolphins took to the tournament, list the possible combinations that can be multiplied to equal 12. Then guess and check to fit the clues.
Team 
Number of players on team 
Number of players in each car 
Number sentence showing number of cars 
Number of cars per team 
Barracudas 
15 
3 
15 players ÷ 3 people in each car = 5 cars 
5 
Sharks 
12 
4 
12 ÷ 4 = 3 
3 
Dolphins 
12 
3 
12 ÷ 3 = 4 
4 
Stingrays 
18 
6 
18 ÷ 6 = 3 
3 
Step 3
Add the number of cars for each team to find out the total number of cars the teams took to the soccer tournament.
5 + 3 + 4 + 3 = 15; 15 cars in all
