Teaching children to think in the box
Here is what the problem stated:
9:58 AM is __ minutes before ___AM
I had to tell her the answer here because, clearly, the writers are thinking so in the box that they considered it obvious that the reference point would be the hour, so that you would fill in the blanks with 2 and 10:00, respectively. As my daughter rightly observed, though, there are many possible answers. All you have to do is make the minutes match the time. You could put in 1 and 9:59 or 3 and 10:01, and so on.
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