Three-Digit Addition Word Problems

Addition is very useful for everyday life.

Imagine trying to figure out your final points in a competition.

You earned134 pointsfor writing a report. You also got223 pointsfor a presentation. How many points did you earnin all?

To figure out the answer, we have to do addition!

π When solving addition word problems, we need to** follow four steps**.

**First, **we **gather clues** from the problem.

These are the clues from the problem:

- 134 points on your report
- 223 points on your presentation
- The phrases "in all" can tell us what we need to do.

**Second, **we **draw a picture** to organize our clues.

We can draw a bar and divide it into 2 parts.

Are we missing a part or the whole?

We're missing is the total, or whole. π

From the phrase "in all", we figured that we need to do addition.

π Tip: Here are other words and phrases that you should watch out for:how many, what is the total, altogether, more than, andfewer than.

**Third,** ** write an equation** to find the answer to the problem.

We add 134 and 223 to get the answer.

134 + 223 = ?

If we add these two numbers together, we get 357.

**Finally,** ** write an answer sentence** that answers the question to the word problem.

It is not enough to just write a number. We need to say we're counting points!

π Tip: The question can give us a clue on what answer sentence to write.Β

So, our **answer sentence **for this problem is:

You earned357 pointsin all.

Great job! πΊ

Now, you can move on to practice.

**Practice Tip:** Get a **pencil **and **paper **ready to do your work. Ask your parent or teacher for if them you don't have any.

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