Do the four calculations in the thought clouds then add your answers together.

407 young people are going on a day trip. Each bus will take up to 40 people. How many buses are needed?

Today Sassy spent £23 and yesterday she spent £47.
What is the difference between 23 and 47?

30 dancers raise £30 each at a sponsored dance. How much money was raised all together?

If Sissy weighs 104 pounds,
Sassy weighs 98 pounds and Elvis weighs 97 pounds; What is their combined weight?

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## Fibonacci Day

November 23 is celebrated as Fibonacci day because when the date is written in the mm/dd format (11/23), the digits in the date form a Fibonacci sequence: 1,1,2,3.

You can celebrate by learning more about the Fibonacci sequence while embarking on the Fibonacci Quest.

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## 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89 ...

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