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IRELAND: ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARTY

Just about everyone in Ireland celebrates St. Patrick's Day on March 17th.  The schools are closed and there are parades and parties everywhere.  Mrs. O'Connell has 30 students in her class.  Together they are making treats for a party.  Here are the recipes that they use:

Green Punch - makes 20 servings
2 (3 oz.) packages lime flavored gelatin mix
1 quart hot water
1 (46 oz.) can pineapple juice
2 (12 fluid oz.) cans frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
2 cups white sugar
4 1/2 cups cold water
2 liters ginger ale

Irish Potato Candy - makes 60
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 (8 oz.) package cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners' sugar
2 1/2 cups flaked coconut
1 tbsp ground cinnamon

1. If Mrs. O'Connell wants to give everyone 2 cups of punch, what does she have to do with her recipe?  How many cups of cold water would she now need?  How many cups of hot water?  How many packages of lime gelatin?

2. In the recipe for punch, what is the ratio of orange juice to pineapple juice?  How much more cold water is used than hot water?

3. If the teacher doubles her recipe for potato candy, how many pieces will each student get?  If each piece has 60 calories, how many calories would that be for each student?

4. Mrs. O'Connell has made Irish flag placemats.  She uses 9 inch by 18 inch pieces of white construction paper for the background.  She can cut three strips of green from each 9 X 18 piece of green construction paper and 3 orange from each piece of orange construction paper.  She needs one green and one orange for each placemat.  What is the measurement of each orange and green strip?  How many pieces of orange and green paper does she need?

5. The teacher has put 30 cards into a bag.  One of the cards has a shamrock picture on it.  Another card has a leprechaun picture on it.  The students who pick the pictured cards out of the bag will win a prize.  What is the probability that the first student that picks will get a picture?  If neither pictured card has been picked after 10 drawings, what is the probability that the next person will pick one?

St. Patrick's Party Solutions

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