Grade 4

Read the Headline Story to the students. Encourage them to think of imaginative statements to make about the weights the ships can carry.

Ship A can hold _____ tons. Ship B holds twice as many tons. Ship C holds 2,000 tons less than Ship B. Ship D holds half as many tons as Ship C. Ship E holds 5,000 tons more than Ship D.

- If Ship A holds 5,000 tons, Ship B will hold 10,000 tons, Ship C 8,000 tons, Ship D 4,000 tons, and Ship E 9,000 tons.
- Ship D will hold the least amount of weight, Ship B the greatest amount.
- If Ship A holds 20,000 tons, Ship B will hold 40,000 tons, Ship C 38,000 tons, Ship D 19,000 tons, and Ship E 24,000 tons.
- Ship D will hold the least amount of weight, Ship B the greatest amount.
- If Ship A holds only 1 ton, Ship B will hold 2 tons, Ship C 0 tons, Ship D 0 tons, and Ship E 5,000 tons. Now Ships C and D will hold the least amount of weight and Ship E the greatest.

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