# Weighing fruit

Can you use this information to estimate how much the different
fruit selections weigh in kilos and pounds?

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There are some open markets in England that would like to sell fruit by their weight in lbs (pounds), but we often buy them in kilos.

0.45 kilo = 1 lb

2.20 lb = 1 kilo

You get about 4 apples or 4 bananas in one pound (1 lb).

So, roughly, what would 6 bananas and 4 apples together weigh in kilos?

You get about 6 mangoes in a kilo.

So, roughly, what would 30 mangoes weigh in pounds (lbs)?

You get about 6 oranges in one pound (1 lb).

So, roughly, what would 20 oranges weigh in kilos?

Is a kilo bigger, the same, or smaller than a pound? How do you
know?

How much would 4 apples weigh in kilos?

So, how can we find the answer to the first question?

How much do 6 oranges weigh in pounds? So, how can we find the answer to the second question?

What would you like to do?

How much would 4 apples weigh in kilos?

So, how can we find the answer to the first question?

How much do 6 oranges weigh in pounds? So, how can we find the answer to the second question?

What would you like to do?

We had 17 replies to this problem, but most were not quite right and had some "slip ups" in them. Some answers did not get to the required units of measure. Others multiplied numbers together that shouldn't have been multiplied. However thank you for all the contributions. We can always learn from our mistakes.

Two of the five correct answers are shown below.

Michael

These are the basic calculations and answers

1. 6s+4s=10/4=2.5 =2.5lb = 2.5*0.45 = 1.125kg =10s

2 6m =1kg 30m=5kg 5*2.20= 11lb= 30m

3.6o= 1lb 20o in kg 3.3*6=20 3.3lb=1.5 kg

Claudia

1lb for 4 apples

1lb for 4 bananas

1 and a 1/2 lb for 6 bananas

4 apples and 6 bananas would weigh 2 ½ lb altogether

You get about 6 mangos in a kilo.

So, roughly, what would 30 mangos weigh in pounds (lbs)?

2.20 lb= 1 kilo

1 kilo=6 mangos

6 mangos= 2.20lb

5x6=30

5x 2.20

5x2= 10

5x 0.20= 1

30 mangos would weigh 11lbs

You get about 6 oranges in one pound (1 lb).

So, roughly, what would 20 oranges weigh in kilos?

1lb for 6

0.45 kilos for 6

0.45 x 3.2=1.44

20 oranges weigh 1.44 kilos

### Why do this problem?

This problem will help pupils gain some awareness of different weight measures and introduces them to the idea of conversion between units of measure.

### Possible approach

You could start off by sharing some food labels and packets with children which exemplify different units of weight. Encourage children to comment on what they notice about the weights, and in conjunction with some balances and/or scales, talk about the different units. In addition to discussing metric vs imperial systems, you can also use this opportunity to gain an insight into what pupils
already know about converting between the two.

The idea of working out roughly, or estimating, the sort of size of answer you're expecting is very useful in these situations as it might prevent children from blindly carrying out any operation, rather than thinking about making sense of the information. Having talked about the first question as a whole group, children should be able to have a go at the other two parts of the problem in
pairs.

### Key questions

Is a kilo bigger, the same, or smaller than a pound? How do you know?

How much would 4 apples weigh in kilos?

So, how can we find the answer to the first question? What would you like to do?

How much do 6 oranges weigh in pounds?

So, how can we find the answer to the second question? What would you like to do?

### Possible extension

Encourge the pupils to create their own problems based on the information given.