Counting to Add
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Counting On – Addition
Whenever you combine two numbers to find the answer, you do something called addition in math. In this text, you can learn how to find the sum of numbers using the counting on addition strategy.
Addition – Counting On Strategy
What is the counting on strategy? Let’s learn more about the counting on method for addition and how to teach counting on addition with the following explanation.
One way to add numbers together is to count on. We use counting on by starting with one number in the addition problem and then counting on the amount of the second number. It's easier to start with the larger number and count on with the smaller one. The number we stop on is the answer! To help count, we can use our fingers or draw dots!
Counting On Strategy – Example
Let's try it with the example six plus two. We will start at six since it is the larger number.
The plus means we are adding so we need to count forward. The second number is two so we count forward two numbers. We will use the dots on the die to help, but you could always use your fingers or draw out two dots.
We count two times from six: seven, eight! Eight is the number we stopped on, so we write it next to the equal sign. This means six plus two equals eight!
Counting On in Addition – Summary of Steps
To practice this strategy, you can try counting on cards for addition, counting on dice, or both! When adding two numbers, we can count on to solve.
Step #  What to do 

1  Start at the larger number. 
2  Count on the second number. 
3  Use your fingers or draw dots to help count the numbers out. 
4  The number you stop on is the answer. You write the answer next to the equal sign. 
Have you practiced with counting on addition worksheets yet? On this website, you can also find first grade counting on addition worksheets as well as interactive exercises and other activities with which you can practice the counting on method.
Transcript Counting to Add
Mr. Squeaks and Imani want to practice their addition skills. Mr. Squeaks insists they use playing cards, but Imani wants to use dice. Instead, they compromise and find a way to use both! Mr. Squeaks draws a card, Imani rolls the die, and then they use "Counting on to Add" to find the answer. One way to add numbers together is to count on. We use counting on by starting with one number in the addition problem and then counting on the amount of the second number. It's easier to start with the larger number and count on with the smaller one. The number we stop on is the answer! To help count, we can use our fingers or draw dots! Let's try it with six plus two. We'll start at six since it is the larger number. The plus means we're adding so we need to count forward. The second number is two so we count forward two numbers. Let's use the dots on the die to help! Count with me two times from six, seven, eight! Eight is the number we stopped on, so we write it here next to the equal sign. This means six plus two equals eight! Next, Mr. Squeaks draws a nine and Imani rolls a four. To find the answer to nine plus four, we can count on! First, start with the bigger number which is nine. Now, we count on the second number which is four. We count forward because we are adding. Let's use the dots on the die to help! Count with me four times from nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen! We stopped on thirteen so write thirteen here next to the equal sign. Nine plus four equals thirteen! Last, Mr. Squeaks draws a six and Imani rolls a six. To solve six plus six, where should we start our counting? Because both numbers are the same, it doesn't matter which six we start with. How many should we count on? We should count on six more! Let's use the dots on the die to help! Count with me six times from six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve! We stopped on twelve so write it here next to the equal sign. Before we see if Mr. Squeaks and Imani are still playing, let's remember! Today we learned about counting on to add. When adding two numbers, we can count on to solve. First, start at the larger number. Then, count on the second one. We can use our fingers or draw dots to help count it out. The number we stop on is the answer! Always write the answer next to the equal sign. "This has got to be the last round, Imani!" "Agreed, I'm pooped from all this heavy lifting!"
Counting to Add exercise

Find the sum of 4 + 2 by counting on from 4
HintsUse your fingers to count on.
 First, select the bigger number. The bigger number here is 6.
 Then, count on by adding the smaller number. The smaller number here is 2.
 You can count on by adding 6 + 2 = 8.
Solution4 + 2 = 6

Find the sum of each problem by counting on.
HintsUse your fingers to count on.
 First, select the bigger number. The bigger number here is 9.
 Then, count on by adding the smaller number. The smaller number here is 4.
 You can count on by adding 9 + 4 = 13.
Solution 5 + 3 = 8
 2 + 2 = 4
 7 + 3 = 10
 9 + 5 = 14

Count on to find the sum of each addition problem.
HintsDraw dots to help you count on.
 Draw dots to help you count on.
 First, select the bigger number. The bigger number here is 6.
 Then, count on by adding the smaller number. The smaller number here is 2.
 You can count on by adding 6 + 2 = 8.
Solution 4 + 3 = 7
 9 + 2 = 11
 8 + 5 = 13
 7 + 4 = 11

Find the sum of each addition problem by counting on.
HintsDraw dots to help you count on.
Use your fingers to count on.
 Draw dots or use your fingers to help you count on.
 First, select the bigger number. The bigger number here is 6.
 Then, count on by adding the smaller number. The smaller number here is 2.
 You can count on by adding 6 + 2 = 8.
Solution 6 + 3 = 9
 10+ 2 = 12
 5 + 2 = 7
 8 + 3 = 11

Solve 5 + 5 by counting on.
HintsUse your fingers to count on.
 Since both numbers are the same, it does not matter which one you start with when counting on.
 You can count on by adding 6 + 6 = 12.
5 + 5 does not equal 9.
Solution5 + 5 = 10

Use the "count on" strategy to add the dice.
HintsDraw dots to help you count on.
 First, select the bigger number. The bigger number here is 6.
 Then, count on by adding the smaller number. The smaller number here is 2.
 You can count on by adding 6 + 2 = 8.
SolutionYou can use the counting on strategy to add:
 3 + 2 =5
 6 + 5 =11
 6 + 2 =8
 4 + 3 =7