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Answer the word problems below. Highlight the important words and numbers. Remember to write you answer in a full sentence.

1. If one paperclip has the mass of 1 gram and 1,000 paperclips have a mass of 1 kilogram, how many kilograms are 8,000 paperclips?
Multiply to get a total for 8,000 paperclips: 8,000 x 1 g = 8,000 g. Convert to kilograms. There are 1,000 grams in 1 kilogram. Divide by 1,000:
8,000
÷ 1,000 = 8.
8,000 paper clips have a total mass of 8 kg.

2. Charlie's eraser has a mass of 20 grams. How many milligrams are in 20 grams?
Convert 20 grams to milligrams. There are 1,000 milligrams in 1 gram. Multiply by 1,000: 20 x 1,000 = 20,000 milligrams.
There are 20,000 milligrams in 20 grams.

3. Steven goes to the grocery store and is looking at a winter squash. It has a mass of 1.8 kilograms. How many grams is the winter squash?
Convert 1.8 kilograms to grams. There are 1,000 grams in 1 kilogram. Multiply by 1,000: 1.8 x 1,000 g = 1,800 grams.
There are 1,800 g in the winter squash.

4. Using the information in question 3, determine the number of milligrams in the winter squash.
Convert grams to milligrams. There are 1,000 milligrams in 1 gram. Multiply by 1,000: 1,800 x 1,000 g = 1,800,000 milligrams.
There are 1,800,000 mg in the winter squash.

5. A box contains 4 bags of sugar. The total mass of all 4 bags is 6 kg. What is the mass of each bag in grams?
Convert kilograms to grams. There are 1,000 grams in 1 kilogram. Multiply by 1,000: 6 x 1,000 g = 6,000 grams. Divide by 4 to find how many grams in each bag: 6,000 grams ÷ 4 bags = 1,500 grams/ bag.
There are 1,500 g in each bag.

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