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Students learn to add to 100 with three or more random addends. That means they are not specifically 10s, 5s, or immediately recognizable.
It is important to be able to add to 100, so you can determine how many you have in total.
Students try to find a path through the numbers. They must add to exactly 100. Example: the red route starts with 0 and then 55 is added. Then 5 more, you now have 60. If I choose 15, I have 75, then I choose 5, 10, and 15 to reach the total of 100.
Discuss with students the importance of adding to 100. With the example problem on the board (36+23+34) ask students how they would solve the problem. Explain that you first look for the numbers that are easy to add together. In this case, 36+24 are easy because they add to a round number (60), and then you add the third addend. Also explain another method. In the second method you add all of the tens, and then all of the ones. Emphasize that students should choose the method that works best for them. Check that students are able to solve these problems by doing a few as a class.
Next, work with addition problems with four addends. Discuss different methods to solve these problems. You can make two groups to add together, like 13+27 and 48+11, and then you add those totals together to find the whole total. Check that students are able to solve addition problems with four addends. In the next exercise, you practice with an addition problem in the form of a list or receipt. Discuss that there are different ways to solve for the total. When addition problems are in table form you can ask students to group the numbers again. Explain how students should read the table. The question mark is where the total should be and the four numbers must be added together. Check that students are able to solve an addition problem in table form. With story problems, make sure students understand the steps of a story problem and then ask them to solve the story problem.
Check that students are able to add to 100 with three or more random addends by asking the following questions:
- Why is it useful to be able to add to 100?
- Which method do you use to add three or more random numbers to 100?
Students first practice adding with three and then four addends. They must then solve an addition problem in table form and finally a problem in story form.
Check that students have understood by asking them how to solve an addition problem with three or more random addends to 100. Emphasize that every student is different and that your favourite method of solving might not be the same as your neighbor. One of each kind of addition problem is given (visual, abstract, story) to check student's understanding of adding with multiple random addends. Finally have students finish with a game. Ask a student to select a square. If there is a spider- you're out. If there isn't a spider, you get to go on. When four numbers have been uncovered, calculate the addition problem as a class.
Students who have difficulty adding to 100 with multiple random addends can practice by first skip counting in 10s to 100. They can use the number line for visual support. Making use of manipulatives like MAB blocks can also help. Start by solving problems with two random addends with a maximum of 100.
Optional: MAB blocks/ manipulatives, number line
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