How many cats are there in
total? Two cats and six cats.
This question asks us to find
the number of cats in total. The word “total” means that we
need to add our two groups of cats together. In other words, we need to find
the answer to two plus another six. When we add together two groups
like this, we can find the answer by counting on. We already know that there are
two cats in our first group. So we don’t need to count
them. We can just say the number
two. And so to find the answer, we
just need to count on from two another six numbers. Two and six more is what?
Let’s find out. Two, three, four, five, six,
seven, eight. We could show the same answer
using a number track. Start with the number two and
find six more. One, two, three, four, five,
six. We’ve reached the number
eight. Two plus six more makes
eight. So if we have a group of two
cats and another group of six cats, we have eight cats in total.