The topic Making small numbers in different ways is a topic under the Early math Math Mission. This exercise practices alternative ways to sum numbers to a given total and can give motivation for later regrouping.

Types of Problems

There are two types of problems in this exercise:

  1. Find alternative ways to the total: This problem provides a number of objects in a picture. The user is asked to fill in two blanks that can represent the sum in two different ways.

    Find alternative ways to the total

  2. Use the visual aid to regroup: This problem is very similar to the above problem. The problem again provides a group of objects that is to be split in alternative ways. The only difference is that the groups are given a visual representation.

    Use the visual aid to regroup


Interpreting the visual aid and thinking of numbers as quantity can help on this problem but are not necessary.

  1. users that have higher math experience, specifically with borrowing and carrying, can use this to help with the problem.

Real-life Applications

  1. Addition can be used for adding objects, like adding money totals.
  2. Addition is a major fundamental for higher math levels like algebra, calculus, and more.

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