Benjamin is out of school this week thanks to the chicken pox. His teacher sent some work home for him to do before he goes back.
Today he came to ask for help with this problem:
"A squirrel has 30 acorns. He splits them up between 3 other squirrels so each has the same number. How many acorns does each squirrel have?"
They had a big blank rectangle to draw whatever they needed to help them figure it out. Benjamin drew four squirrels and wanted to divide the 30 acorns among all four. He couldn't understand why I told him we only needed to divide them among three of the squirrels.
So I cut up 30 small pieces of paper and drew three small squirrels on a paper so he could see how to split them up. I said, "I am the squirrel. I give ALL my acorns to these three squirrels. I don't have any left. You see?"
His reply: "But you will be hungry!"
This is why math is hard. Word problems have no compassion.