Grade 5

After students have had a chance to think about the strategies they might use to solve the problem, have them share their ideas.

Joelle loves riding horses. She weighs about 5 times as much as her favorite saddle and a tenth of what her horse weighs. If you know the total weight of Joelle, her saddle, and her horse, how can you find the weight of the saddle?

- Joelle weighs 5 times as much as the saddle and the horse weighs ten times as much as she does, therefore the horse weighs 50 times what the saddle weighs.
- So the horse, Joelle, and the saddle together weigh 56 times what the saddle alone weighs (50 for the horse, 5 for Joelle, and 1 for the saddle itself).
- Divide the combined weight by 56 to get the weight of the saddle.

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