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A missing addend word problem typically involves finding the unknown value that needs to be added to another given value to achieve a specific sum.

Finding the missing addend in grade 1 involves introducing young learners to basic addition concepts and helping them understand the relationship between the numbers in an addition equation.

- Use Visual Aids:

Begin with visual aids such as pictures, counters, or drawings to represent the given value and the missing addend. This helps students visualize the problem. - Set Up the Equation:

Formulate a simple addition equation with a blank space representing the missing addend.

Given Value + ___ = Sum

and ask students to figure out what number goes in the blank. - Encourage Counting On:

Encourage students to count on from the given value to the sum to find the missing addend. This helps reinforce the concept of addition. - Concrete Examples:

Use concrete examples related to students’ daily experiences. For instance, if there were 4 apples, and a few more were added to make a total of 11. How many apples were added?

Example:

Problem:

4 + ___ = 7

Solution:

Use counters or drawings to represent 4. Then, ask students to count on from 4 to reach 7. The missing addend is 3.

Tips:

Hands-On Activities: Engage students in hands-on activities where they physically manipulate objects to understand addition.

The goal is to make the learning experience concrete, visual, and interactive, laying the foundation for a deeper understanding of addition concepts as students progress through grade 1 and beyond.

Have a look at this video if you need to review how to solve word problems with missing addends.

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Missing Addend Word Problem Lesson

Addition within 10 (eg. 3 + 5)

Addition within 20 (eg. 6 + 8)

Adding Doubles (eg. 3 + 3)

Mixed Single Digit Addition

Missing Addend (sums < 10) (eg. __ + 5 = 7)

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