Polly's Party


Birthday treats: Package containing 6 cupcakes; package containing 5 juice boxes; package containing 4 ice-cream sandwiches; package containing 10 paper plates.

Polly is planning to invite 14 people to her birthday party.

She went shopping with her mother for party supplies. They went through the express check-out line because they had fewer than 15 items. Polly and her mother bought cupcakes, plates, ice-cream sandwiches, and juice boxes. There were 3 more cupcakes than juice boxes, but the same number of packages of each.

They wanted to make sure that each person at the party got one of each item. They also wanted to have the least possible amount left over.

How many packs or boxes of each item did they buy? How many items in all did they buy?

Houghton Mifflin Math Grade 5