Adding with Objects
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Adding with Objects
What is an addition using objects? Did you know that you can use objects to help you learn how addition works? Let’s learn more about single digit addition with objects and how to use math cubes for addition with the following explanation.
Revision – Addition
Adding means putting two or more numbers together to make a larger amount. When we adding objects, we use things we can touch to show us the numbers we are putting together. These help us count out the new amount. In math, we can use lots of objects to help us show numbers, like counters, place value blocks, and math cubes.
Adding with Objects – Example
Let’s use math cubes with the example two plus three. These objects will help! To start, we will use math cubes to show the first number, two.
Then, we will use math cubes to show the second number, three.
Next, bring the two cubes and the three cubes together into one, bigger group, and count them all!
Five is the answer so we write it after the equal sign.
Adding with Objects – Summary of Steps
Using objects such as math cubes may help you to depict addition in math. If you want to use math cubes for addition, these are the steps to follow:
Step #  What to do 

1  Use math cubes to represent the first and the second number. 
2  Bring both sets of cubes together and count them all! 
3  Write your answer next to the equal sign. 
Use math cubes to show the first number.
Then, use math cubes to show the second number.
Next, bring both sets of cubes together and count them all!
Write your answer next to the equal sign.
Have you practiced yet? On this website, you can also find interactive exercises, worksheets and more activities practicing addition with objects.
Transcript Adding with Objects
Mr. Squeaks and Imani are playing games at the arcade. They each win a few tickets but don’t have enough for any of the prizes unless they add their tickets together! Let's teach them all about "Adding with Objects" to get them the best prize. Adding means putting two or more numbers together to make a larger amount. When we add with objects, we use things we can touch to show us the numbers we are putting together. These help us count out the new amount. In math, we use lots of objects to help us show numbers, like counters, place value blocks, and math cubes. Today we will use math cubes to help Mr. Squeaks and Imani. After playing their first round of games, Imani won two tickets and Mr. Squeaks won three. If we add two plus three together, how many tickets will they have in all? Let's try adding with objects to help! To start, we will use math cubes to show the first number, two. Then, we will use math cubes to show the second number, three. Next, bring the two cubes and the three cubes together into one, bigger group and count them all! One, two, three, four, five!! Five is the answer so we write it after the equal sign. Mr. Squeaks and Imani play some more arcade games. This time Mr. Squeaks and Imani both win four tickets. If we add four plus four together, how many tickets will they have in all? Begin by using math cubes to show the first number, four. Then, use math cubes to show the other four. Next, bring both sets of cubes together and count them all! One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight! Eight is the answer so we write it after the equal sign. In the last round of games, Imani won six tickets and Mr. Squeaks won three. Let's figure out how many tickets they will have in all if we add six and three together. How many math cubes do we need to show the first number? Six! How many math cubes do we need to show the second number? Three! When we put the six cubes together with the three cubes, how many cubes do you count? Nine! Finally, write nine after the equal sign. While Mr. Squeaks and Imani go to the prize booth, let's remember! Today we learned about adding with objects. Adding means putting two or more numbers together to make a larger amount. To add with objects: Use math cubes to show the first number. Then, use math cubes to show the second number. Next, bring both sets of cubes together and count them all! Write your answer next to the equal sign. " Ooo! Let's get these, Imani!" "Mr. Squeaks? Where are you!?" "Excuse me sir, have you seen my friend?"
Adding with Objects exercise

What does adding mean?
HintsLook at this picture to remember what adding means.
When you see an addition sign (+), remember it means two or more numbers are being added together.
SolutionAdding means putting two or more numbers together to make a larger amount. In this problem, we are adding 2 plus 3 which equals 5.

What is 4 + 3?
HintsRemember, count all of the math cubes to find the answer.
Use your finger to count each of the math cubes to find the total number of math cubes.
Solution4 + 3 = 7. First, count the 4 math cubes. Then, count on 3 more math cubes. The total is 7 math cubes.

Count the math cubes, then complete the equation.
HintsRemember to count the math cubes to figure out the number.
Remember, add the math cubes together to find the total.
SolutionWe can count 2 math cubes, plus 4 math cubes, equals 6 math cubes total. Imani and Mr. Squeaks have 6 tickets together!

How many tickets are there in total?
HintsRemember, count the tickets one by one to find out how many there are in total.
SolutionThey found 10 tickets in total. We can count 4 tickets, then continue counting on 6 more tickets to get 10 tickets.

Add the number of prizes together.
HintsRemember, add the math cubes to find the total.
Solution1 + 2 = 3. They have 3 prizes in all.

Which picture represents 5 + 3?
HintsRemember, the objects represent the numbers 5 + 3.
SolutionThere are 5 pizza slices, and 3 pretzels. These objects show 5 + 3, which equals 8.