The Hungry Goose Who Ate Too Many Gooseberries


There as once a hungry goose – who escaped from Farmer Gile’s farmyard, when his noose was loose. The goose flew so hard, he almost crashed into the barn in the farmyard.  On his way from here to Hungary, the loose goose was, of course, rather hungry. He stopped off in a field for a snack – and picked off one or two gooseberries from the bushes at the side of the track. Very soon, his feathers were covered in gooseberry juice – he was soon the most sticky goose on the loose. He took an enormous bite and crunched to his heart’s delight – chomping gooseberries with all his might. Soon, on the bush, there were only leaves – as well as one or two of the crows who flew in from the wheat sheaves ! Although his belly rumbled, he didn’t stop – he rushed upto the gooseberry bush and stumbled – and ate every gooseberry from the bottom to the top.


Goosey, Goosey Gander English Game 

How many smaller words can you make from the title “The Hungry Goose Who Ate Too Many Gooseberries” ?


A Maths Game For Real Gooseberries

1. If the goose ate 3 gooseberries every 2 minutes, how many gooseberries is that in one hour ?

2. If this amount was only one third of the total number of gooseberries on each bush, what fraction, decimal and percentage remained ?

3. If the goose ate one quarter of the gooseberries off the bush in 45 minutes, how long did he take to eat them all ? Give your answer in minutes and hours.

4. Work out how many gooseberries were on each bush.

5. If the goose dropped 1 : 8 of the gooseberries, how many a) were dropped ? b) did he actually eat ?

© Jacqueline Richards 2007

Answers :

1. 3 (60 / 2 = 30) = 90

2. 2 / 3 = 0.6 = 66 %

3. 45 x 4 = 180 mins = 3 hours

4. 90 x 3 = 270

5. a) one part = 270 / 9 = 30 b) 8 x 30 = 240

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