Question Video: Calculating the Total Number of Objects Using Thousands Mathematics

There are 6 boxes. Each box contains 1,000 pieces of candy. How many pieces of candy are there in total?

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There are six boxes. Each box contains 1,000 pieces of candy. How many pieces of candy are there in total?

The first piece of information that we’re given in this question is that there are six boxes, and we can see these in the picture. Next, we’re told how many pieces of candy are in each box. This is an interesting number. It has four digits. This number is made up of zero ones, zero 10s, zero 100s, and one 1000. When we see the digit one followed by three zeros, we know it’s 1,000. So, each box contains 1,000 pieces of candy, and there are six of them.

We’re asked how many pieces of candy are there in total. We can find the answer by counting in thousands six times, one for each box. 1,000; 2,000. Look at how the thousands digits changed in our place value grid. 3,000; 4,000; 5,000; 6,000. We read that each of these boxes contained 1,000 pieces of candy. And because there are six boxes, we knew that we could find the total number of pieces of candy by counting in thousands six times. 1,000; 2,000; 3,000; 4,000; 5,000; 6,000. And we can write the number 6,000 using digits as a six in the thousands place. We can use a comma to separate the thousands and the hundreds digits and then zeros in the hundreds, tens, and ones places. There are 6,000 pieces of candy in total.

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