Shoebox Distribution

Difficulty:
foundation

Rating:
5-stars

GCSE Marks:
4-marks

GCSE Text:
A volunteer team is processing donated shoeboxes which will be given to children in Eastern Europe who would otherwise have nothing at Christmas.

A total of 1050 shoeboxes have been collected from Schools, Churches and community groups in the area. Here is a table showing the four countries that will receive shoeboxes from this team this year:

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a)  Find the percentage of shoeboxes that Macedonia will receive this year

b)  Calculate how many boxes will be going to each of the 4 countries.

Suggestions:
This is a great video to start lessons or discussions on living a balanced life with a social and moral responsibility as well. Students often find it fascinating to consider Christmas for those affected by poverty and war, and many healthy discussions often follow this video. Normally students solve this in only 2-3 minutes without a calculator, and the extension ideas work well to challenge those with quicker arithmetic.

Extension Ideas:
Teachers could extend the learning by considering:

  • Brown shipping cartons contain 9 shoeboxes. Out of the collected shoeboxes, 60 were for a family, and the rest were for an individual child. How many brown shipping cartons will be needed for the family shoeboxes, and how many cartons will be needed for the individual shoeboxes?
  • There are 27 processing teams around the country. Can you give an estimate for the total number of shoe boxes that will be sent from the UK with Teams4U this year.

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