The Parrot’s Carrot

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By the side of the beanstalk, in Farmer Gile’s field, grew an enormous carrot that belonged to the pirate’s parrot – Farmer Giles’ proudest ever yield. Although the potatoes that year were small, like the beanstalk that grew up the wall, the carrot soon grew strong and tall. There weren’t many peas and the cauliflowers were small – but this year’s enormous carrot was the biggest and best of all. At harvest, when it was time to pick it, Jack tried hard, but it was impossible with just a spade to nick it. Farmer Giles dug a hole through which he could almost see Australia, but when it came to gathering giant carrots, his efforts were a bit of a failure. It took three tractors to haul it out … and a rope that was as long as one of the beanstalk branches to pull it about. At first, Farmer Giles thought that it was completely stuck, so he called to Captain C. Waves to bring his fishing hook. They tugged so hard that even the beanstalk shook. Inch by inch, upon a winch, the carrot flew from the ground then even span Jack around. To take it to market, Jack tried to weigh it on the scales, but the enormous carrot was heavier than Wales. When it came to cooking it, needless to say, the carrot didn’t fit. So the woodcutter with his axe, tried to cut off a bit. It took a bulldozer to lift the enormous carrot back up and the soup that it made could fill five hundred cups. The fairies in Bluebell Glade, went gathering mushrooms – so the feast was the greatest ever made. The carrot stew was the tastiest ever, that year, which Jack and Farmer Giles are still eating, on the beanstalk grapevine, I hear.

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Lots Of Carrot Maths For Parrots

If the carrot weighed 100 kilograms, measured ten metres long and four metres wide …

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1. What percentage of the carrot’s length was above the ground when 30% was pulled out ? Give your answer in m and cm.

2. How much of the carrot’s length was above the ground when one – fifth was pulled out ? Give your answer in m and cm.

3. How much of the carrot’s length was above the ground when 0.5 was pulled out ? Give your answer in m and cm.

4. How much of the carrot’s length was under the ground when 20% was pulled out ? Give your answer in m and cm.

5. How much of the carrot’s length was showing behind a beanstalk, if the beanstalk, by comparison, was 3.2 metres wide ? Give your answer in m and cm.

6. How much of the carrot’s length was above the ground when 80% was pulled out ? Give your answer in m and cm.

7. How much of the carrot’s length was above the ground when one – quarter was pulled out ? Give your answer in m and cm.

8. How much of the carrot’s length was above the ground when three – sixths was pulled out ? Give your answer in m and cm.

9. How much of the carrot’s weight was above the ground when 25% was pulled out ? Give your answer in g and kg.

10. How much of the carrot’s length was under the ground when 0.4 was pulled out ? Give your answer in m and cm.

11. If the carrot was pulled out at a speed of 10 centimetres per hour, how long did it take to become completely free ? Give your answer in hours and days.

12. If the 2.5 metres of the carrot was pulled out, how much was still underground ? Give your answer in m and cm.

© Jacqueline Richards 2008Answers : 1. 70 %

2. 2 m = 200 cm

3. 5 m = 500 cm

4. 8 m = 800 cm

5. 4 – 3.2 = 0.8 m = 80 cm

6. 2 m = 200 cm

7. 2.5 m = 250 cm

8. 5 m = 500 cm

9. 2500 g = 2.5 kg

10. 6m = 600 cm

11. 10 x 10 = 100 hours = 4.16 days

12. 7.5 m

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