Make a Number Line to Add — Let's Practice!
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Adding with a Number Line – Introduction
We're diving into the world of adding with a number line. This method is a fantastic way to visualize addition and make it easier to understand. Get your paper and pencil ready because we're going to practice this together!
What Is Addition with a Number Line?
Addition with a number line involves drawing a number line, placing the larger number on the left, and then moving forward to the right in small steps equal to the second number. This visual approach helps us see how numbers add up.
Here are the steps to tackle addition with a number line:
Step #  Action 

1  Read the problem and determine what you are asked to find. 
2  Draw a number line and place the larger number on the left. 
3  Count forward in small steps equal to the second number. 
4  Land on the final number, which is your sum. 
5  Check your answer to ensure it makes sense with the problem. 
Let's practice understanding addition with a number line with a few examples.
Solving Addition with a Number Line – Example
Example 1:
Mr. Squeaks has 34 screws and 26 nails. How many does he have altogether?
Steps to Solve the Problem:
Step #  Action 

1  Draw a number line. 
2  Put the larger number (34) on the left. 
3  Count forward by 26 steps. 
Total: 60
Example 2:
Mr. Squeaks has 50 green paper clips and 16 blue ones. How many does he have altogether?
Steps to Solve the Problem:
Step #  Action 

1  Draw a number line. 
2  Put the larger number (50) on the left. 
3  Count forward by 16 steps. 
Total: 66
Example 3:
Imani has 62 minierasers and 22 stickers. How many things do they have in total?
Steps to Solve the Problem:
Step #  Action 

1  Draw a number line. 
2  Put the larger number (62) on the left. 
3  Count forward by 22 steps. 
Total: 84
Solving Addition with a Number Line – Application
Now, let's put your skills to the test. Solve these problems on your own, and check the solutions when you're ready!
Solving Addition with a Number Line – Summary
Key Learnings from this Text:
 Solving addition problems on a number line can be achieved by following these steps:
Step #  Action 

1  Read the problem and determine what you are asked to find. 
2  Draw a number line and place the larger number on the left. 
3  Count forward in small steps equal to the second number. 
4  Land on the final number, which is your sum. 
5  Check your answer to ensure it makes sense with the problem. 
 Mastering addition on a number line is an important visual math skill.
Keep practicing these steps, and you'll become a pro at adding numbers on a number line! Check out more fun math challenges and exercises on our website to continue sharpening your skills.
Solving Addition with a Number Line – Frequently Asked Questions
Transcript Make a Number Line to Add — Let's Practice!
Razzi says get a piece of paper and a pencil ready! (...) Because today we're going to practice... Make a number line to add! It's time to begin! There are many different tools and strategies to add (...) a great one is using a number line! Let's practice making a number line to add. If Mr. Squeaks has thirtyfour screws and twentysix nails, how many will he have all together? You can start by drawing a number line... and putting the larger addend, or number on the LEFT. Then, count by small amounts forward of the SECOND addend. Did you also get sixty? Let's tackle the next problem! If Mr. Squeaks has fifty green paper clips and sixteen blue ones, how many does he have all together? Remember to draw a number line... and put the larger addend on the LEFT. Then, count forward by small amounts of the second addend. Did you also get sixtysix? Let's tackle the last problem! If Imani has sixtytwo minierasers and twentytwo stickers, how many things do they have in total? Remember to draw a number line... and put the larger addend on the LEFT. Then, count forward by small amounts of the second addend. Did you also get eightyfour? Razzi had so much fun practicing with you today! See you next time!
Make a Number Line to Add — Let's Practice! exercise

Show the steps of using a number line to solve a problem.
HintsTry making your own number line to solve 17 + 22. What did you do first?
Think about the problem step by step. Before we count forward by the second addend, what do we need to do?
SolutionThe steps to using a number line to solve a problem are:
 Draw a number line.
 Put the larger addend on the left.
 Count forward by small amounts from the second addend.
 Solve the equation.

Show how to add using the number line.
HintsRemember, put the larger addend on the left.
Think about the gaps at the top, that is where we move forward with small amounts of the second addend. The gaps start with + __.
The addends are filled in. Place the sums below on the number line.
SolutionThis is how we use a number line to add!
The larger addend 76 is on the left. The smaller addend 16 is split into small amounts (+10 and +6).
76 + 16 = 92.

Use the number line to add the numbers and find the answer.
HintsRemember, first we put the larger addend on the left. Which number is larger?
Once the larger addend is on the left, count forward by small amounts of the second addend. Fill in the blanks as you count on.
Solution53 + 32 = 85.
We start at the larger addend, 53. From there, we add the smaller addend 32 by small amounts (10 + 10 + 10 + 2) until the numbers are added to make 85.

Use the number line to solve the equation.
HintsRemember, put the larger addend on the left.
To fill in the numbers on the top, think about how to split up the number 12 into smaller amounts.
The addends are filled in on the number line. Can you place the sums below?
Solution64 + 12 = 76.
First, we put the larger addend 64 on the left. Then, we split 12 into smaller amounts (10 + 2). 64 + 10 = 74, 74 + 2 = 76.

Complete the number line.
HintsRemember, to add the second addend, count forward by small amounts.
Add each number (10 and 7) to fully add 17. Use the number line to guide you.
SolutionThe number line starts with the larger addend (40) on the left. Next, we count forward by small amounts of the second addend: 40 +10 = 50, 50 + 7 = 57.
The answer to 40 + 17 = 57

Create your own number lines to solve.
HintsRemember to break the second addend into small amounts. For example: 24 + 14. 14 is the smaller addend. We can break it into +10 and +4.
Remember, you have solved the problem once you have added the entire second addend.
SolutionBy making our own number lines, we can solve the equations:
24 + 14 = 38
45 + 18 = 63
58 + 13 = 71