Party Pitchers

Solution

The polka-dot pitcher was seven-eighths full of lemonade.
The striped pitcher was completely full of punch.

Explanation

Step 1

Use the clues to find out the amounts that were poured into each pitcher.

6 pitchers. A pitcher one-half full of punch, A pitcher one-third full of punch, A pitcher one-sixth full of punch, A pitcher one-half full of lemonade, A pitcher one-eigth full lemonade, A pitcher one-fourth full lemonade.

Step 2

Find the common denominator and add.

Polka-dot pitcher with leftover lemonade

 one-half = four-eighths
 
 one-eighth = one-eighth
 
+  one-fourth = two-eighths
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   seven-eighths

Striped pitcher with leftover lemonade

 one-half = three-sixths
 
 one-third = two-sixths
 
+ one-sixth = one-sixth
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   six-sixths

 = 1 whole


Houghton Mifflin Math Grade 5