**There was once an ostrich, whose ambition was to be, the very best runner from here to Sydney.**

**He practised running every day … though all that happened was his feathers flapped in every way. **

**He really wasn’t that athletic. In fact, he could only lay an egg after huffing and puffing a bit.**

**He jogged all around the park, but was so out of condition, he was still there after dark !**

**Although he was cooped up in a zoo, the ostrich, of course, loved to run, like most ostriches do.**

**On the day of the marathon race, there were spectators waving all over the place ! **

**“Ready, steady, go !”, the zoo – keeper cried. Soon, in the Midday sun, his eggs were scrambled as well as fried !**

**Off the ostrich set. Stride after stride, with as big breaths as he could get.**

**As sure as eggs is eggs, very quickly, the ostrich had tired out legs ! **

**He stopped for a break, half way there (though because of his poor map – reading, he couldn’t tell exactly where !).**

**Thankful, for a restful stop, the ostrich mooched around the local shop. **

**He bought a boomerang … and quickly dropped it with a “BANG !”.**

**But, the only trouble with being an ostrich, he found, was that he was always dropping ostrich eggs on the ground.**

**So, the trip Australia was smashing, with yolks went flying everywhere and egg whites crashing !**

**Write a mathematical equation to show your working out to the following maths problems.**

**1. To help the ostrich speed up, somewhat, he counted how many eggs he’d got … 20. If he laid one egg, every 500 m, how far did he travel ? Give your answer in km and m.**

**2. From his home in South Africa, he travelled at a speed of 50 km per day – how long, therefore did it take, for the ostrich to reach Australia from Cape Horn 3,000 km ****away ? If the ostrich only travelled Monday to Friday, how many weeks did it take him ?**

**3. The ostrich bought a pair of trainers (though they didn’t fit his feet). In fact, after running for about an hour, he’s stamped down one – quarter of a field of wheat. **

**a) How long did it take to stamp down the whole field ?**

**b) If the area of stamped wheat was 1 km wide and 1 km long, how big in square kms was the whole field ?**

**4. The ostrich had 200 feathers in total, but he dropped one – tenth. How many were left ?**

**5. Just one of the ostrich’s strides measured 75 cm – how many ostrich steps were in the 3, 000 km distance ?**

**6. To make one ostrich omlette took 3 eggs. How many eggs were needed to make 10 omlettes ?**

**Write ten different sentences that include a different use of the word “bill” e.g. razorbill.**

3. a) 4 hours ; b) 4 x 4 = 16 square km

4. 200 – (200 / 10 = 20) = 180

5. Total number of cm / one ostrich step cm =

distance x no. of m. per km x no. of cm per m / one ostrich step (cm) =

(3000 x 1000 x 100) / 75 = 3 , 000 , 000 / 75 = 40 , 000

6. 10 x 3 = 30