Jack was looking forward to the beanstalk horticulture show. He and Farmer Giles had been harvesting all year … so there were lots of fruit and vegetables on the go. The strawberries were bigger than they had been in years, the leeks were so enormous, Jack had to cut them down with shears. There were bananas, tomatoes, cucumbers and cabbages in the show – some of the lettuces were so big, that they must have taken months to grow ! The oranges were so ripe, that they glowed in the Sun. The apples were enormous … they must have weighed a ton. The plums were plump … the sprouts grew in a clump … Farmer Giles ate so many, he really did feel a frump ! Along buzzed a hornet, looking for tasty morsels to eat. He couldn’t believe his eyes, when he saw all the jam sponges on the cake stall – they really did look a treat ! The hornet buzzed a whole lot more … and headed off towards the barn door. Then he spotted the plump tomatoes … piled up high all juicy and ripe. The hornet aimed fire – he really did have quite a sting. He squashed a grape with a single stab at the thing and soon, he was so sticky that he couldn’t flap his wings. Next, he took a stab at one of Farmer Gile’s pears … but he was so drunk on grape juice, that he collided everywhere. He hiccuped some more … and narrowly missed the floor. The hornet bounced off a beanastalk leaf, all around the horticulture show, he made terrible mischief. He slid down a cucumber and over a spud, within a minute or two, he’d landed in mud. “Ha ! Ha ! Hee ! Yippee !”, the hornet cried out with glee, before kicking over a very round, green pea. The bees in the beanstalk beehive flew down for a look to see what was so funny … and in runny honey got stuck ! The judges deciding which marrow was best, was suddenly stung by the hornet flying from his nest. Soon, all the people at the show, were so hopping mad that they started to go. But Jack and Farmer Giles didn’t much care at all … now they could share all the fruit and vegetables left on the horticulture stall.

The Sting In The Hornet’s Tail Game

Circle all the adjectives in the story above.

Agriculture Vulture

Add the letters H – O – R to complete the words.

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Squashed Tomatoes & Stew

1. If one pea pod contained 6 peas, how many peas were in 200 pods ?

2. Farmer Giles cut a 50cm cucumber into four pieces. How big was each piece ?

3. If one apple weighed 25 grams, how many apples were in 3 kg ?

4. In the commotion, Farmer Giles kicked over 20 % of the 200 mushrooms in the fungi competition. How many were left ?

5. Jack’s Wellington boots clumsily trod on eighth of the 40 bananas. How many were left ?

6. Farmer Giles threw away 0.6 of the 500 potatoes in the sack, because they were rotten. What fraction remained ?

7. Farmer Gile’s marrow grew at a rate of 2 cm per day. How big was it after 3 weeks ?

8. The cucumber and the marrow lined up together side by side measured 75cm. How big was each, if the proportionate size of the cucumber to the marrow was 1 : 4 ?

9. On the jam stall there were 10 jars of jam. The smallest pot was 5 cm high, the biggest was 25 cm. What was the range of jam jar size ?

10. There were 20 potatoes weighing 25 grams each, 50 potatoes weighing 30 grams and 30 potatoes weighing 10 grams.

a) How much did the entire sack weigh ? Give your answer in g and kg.

b) What was the average weight of each potato ? Work out the mean.

11. Farmer Giles lined up all the marrows. The size are given in order below.

a) What was the most likely size of the marrow in the middle ?

b) Work out the median.

c) Give a brief definition of why these two values are different.

d) What is the average size of marrow ?

25 cm – 30 cm – 35 cm – 35 cm – 45 cm – 50 cm – 55 cm – 60 cm – 75 cm – 80 cm – 90 cm – 100 cm – 105 cm

12. Jack counted the number of sunflowers in the garden bloom display. There were 125 – 25 more than the chrysanthemums. But in the tulips display, there were three times as many tulips as chrysanthemums. Write an algebraic expression to show this proportion.

© Jacqueline Richards 2007

Answers : chore ; shore ; horse ; thorn ; short ; shorn ; chortle ; horn ; horseshoe ; hornet ; hawthorn

1. 200 x 6 = 1200 peas 2. 12.5 cm

3. 3000 / 25 = 120

4. 200 – (200 / 100 x 20 = 40) = 160

5. 40 – (40 / 8 = 5) = 35

6. 4 / 10 = 2 / 5 th

7. 2 x (3 x 7 = 21) = 42 cm

8. One part = 75 / 5 = 15 therefore cucumber : marrow = 15 cm : 60 cm

9. 25 – 5 = 20 cm

10. a) (20 x 25) + (50 x 30) + (30 x 10) = 500 + 1500 + 300 = 2, 300 grams = 2.3 kg

b) 2, 300 / (20 + 50 + 30 = 100) = 23 g

11. a) 55 cm ; b) 40 cm ; c) In part a), the middle marrow uses the height of the first marrow in the row as the starting point. Whereas, the median values are calculated from zero. d) (25 + 30 + 35 + 35 + 45 + 50 + 55 + 60 + 75 + 80 + 90 + 100 + 105) / 13 = 60.38 cm

12. If sunflowers = s = 125, chrysanthemums = c = s – 25 = 125 – 25 = 100, then tulips = t = 3c = 300.