Even though my 3rd grade time was quiet, peaceful and friendly – in fact, I went to school in a small German village where dogs and cats would tell each other “good night” – there is a treasure trove of funny answers by elementary schoolers.
Thus, I have rekindled my childhood, thought about questions you would get as a 3rd grader and infused some humour into potential answers.
Often, these questions bring us back to think about problems in a very simplistic way – which is a great skill to have.
#1 – Imagine Snow White had made 28 cookies. How many cookies does each dwarf get?
If she gets up early enough, she can eat the cookies herself.
#2 – There, they’re or their? _______ are a lot of cookies.
There aren’t, because I ate them all. Thanks for telling me in #1. Signed: Snow White.
#3 – Imagine you have 4 apples and your parents bring 5 more. How many apples can everyone now eat?
I don’t know because I usually give the apples to my hamster.
#4 – Why is working together a good way to solve a problem?
Because one person can think of the problem and the others can solve it.
#5 – Describe the recipe for a tomato salad.
I have no idea, but I can tell you how to make Christmas cookies instead.
#6 – Why did Columbus sail across the ocean and discover America?
Because he was really looking for someone who would buy his glass beads.
#7 – Who invented the car?
The horses did, because they were tired of pulling carriages.
#8 – Science: You leave a bowl of water outside. A week later the water is gone. What happened?
The neighbour’s dog drank it.
#9 – What is the capital of the United States?
It’s “U” and “S”.
#10 – Where did Adam and Eve live?
On the snake’s property, who got them evicted.
The following questions are inspired by some real life sources. If you understand German, click here.
#11 – Why does the February sometimes have 29 days?
Because February can be cold, so it takes a bit longer for the Earth to turn around.
#12 – Find the mistakes: “In ‘Pirats of the carribean’, Jack Sparrow commands his ship.”
It’s “Captain Jack Sparrow”!
#13 – If you have three oranges in one hand and two oranges and a banana in the other – what do you have?
Pretty large hands.
#14 – What was the Romans’ biggest achievement?
They could speak latin.
#15 – And here are two for the dedicated math nerds like me:
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