Directions: Complete the story problem and answer statement.

Version 1 (Difficult)

Lucy has _____ apples. She has nine _____ (more/less) than Marcus. How many apples does _____ (Lucy/Marcus) have?

_____ (Lucy/Marcus) has _____ apples.

Version 2 (Medium Difficulty)

Lucy has _____ apples. She has nine less than Marcus. How many apples does _____ (Lucy/Marcus) have?

_____ (Lucy/Marcus) has _____ apples.

Version 3 (Easy)

Lucy has _____ apples. She has nine more than Marcus. How many apples does Marcus have?

Marcus has _____ apples.

### Hint

### Hint

Should you adjust how many apples Lucy has in the beginning?

How many apples does it make sense for Lucy to have in a “more” problem?

How many apples does it make sense for Lucy to have in a “less” problem?

Challenge: Complete the statement using only numbers within 20.

### Answer

### Answer

Lucy has 11 apples. She has nine more (more/less) than Marcus. How many apples does Marcus (Lucy/Marcus) have?

Marcus (Lucy/Marcus) has 2 apples.

Lucy has 12 apples. She has nine less (more/less) than Marcus. How many apples does Marcus (Lucy/Marcus) have?

Marcus (Lucy/Marcus) has 21 apples.

Source: Shelah Feldstein