Miss Mess was the most untidy mistress in Professor Assessor’s school. Her homework was always scruffy, she never looked tidy or neat. In fact, whenever she arrived in class, ants jumped onto the seats ! Miss Mess taught chess, but the King and Queen never lined up straight. In fact, Miss Mess most often lost and Miss Mess’s chess students had to wait. For lunch, Miss Mess ate cress. She ate cress for breakfast and for tea a cress stew. In fact, Miss Mess ate so much cress, she missed and messed the table, too.

Miss Mess Makes A Maths Mess

1. If there were 60 chess pieces in Miss Mess’s chess set and she lost 10% – how many pieces did she have left to play chess with ?

2. If there were 5 cress sandwiches in Miss Mess’s lunch box and one – fifth fell onto the floor, how many did she have left for lunch ?

3. If Miss Mess had 40 pages in her maths book, but 14 of the pages got torn, how many neat and tidy pages were left ?

4. If Miss Mess had 80 ants in her pockets and 20% of them fell onto the desk when she sat down, how many were left in her pocket ?

5. If Miss Mess had 100 books on her classroom bookshelf, but 10 % fell onto the floor, how many were left stacked neat and tidy ?

6. If Miss Mess had 50 pieces of chalk by her chalk board and half got either used or broken, how many pieces of chess were left ? 7. If Miss Mess had 70 pencils in her pencil case and one – seventh got lost, how many were left ?

8. If Miss Mess had a 15 cm rip in her trousers – how many 0.5 cm stitches did it take to repair the tear ?

9. If Miss Mess had 20 coats on the coatstand in her class and one quarter fell onto the floor, how many were hooked neat and tidy ?

10. If Miss Mess had 30 students in her class and one third arrived late, how many arrived on time ?

Miss Mess Takes A Spelling Test

Which is the correct one to use – either – mes ? or – mis ?

__ __ __ take

di __ __ __

ti __ __ __

ta __ __ __t

cal __ __ __t

sha __ __ __

ho __ __ __

fla __ __ __

na __ __ __

rhy __ __ __

__ __ __ – appropriation

__ __ __ tletoe

__ __ __ sed

dis __ __ __ s

gno __ __ __

a __ __ __ s

© Jacqueline Richards 2007

Answers : 1. 60 – (60 / 100 x 10 = 6) = 54; 2. 4; 3. 26; 4. 64; 5. 90; 6. 25; 7. 60; 8. 30; 9. 15; 10. 20

Answers : mistake; dimes; times; tamest; calmest; shames; homes; flames; names; rhymes; mis – appropriation; mistletoe; missed; dismiss; gnomes; amiss

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