Video: Solving Word Problem Involving Addition of Numbers up to 9

There are 3 black sheep and 5 white sheep in a field. How many sheep are in the field?

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There are three black sheep and five white sheep in a field. How many sheep are in the field?

Let’s start by reading through our word problem again. To begin with, we’re told that there are three black sheep and five white sheep in a field. And the question then asks us, how many sheep are in the field? We know that there are three black sheep and five white sheep, but the question’s asking us, how many sheep there are altogether? How could we find the answer? What do we need to do? Well, we could start by just doing a quick sketch so that we understand what the question is asking us. Here are three black sheep. You don’t have to be able to draw a sheep to be able to answer the question. These look just like clouds with legs, don’t they? But they’ll do.

Three black sheep and five white sheep. To find out the total number of sheep in the field, we need to add three and five together. Three plus five equals what? Let’s use a number track to help us find the answer. We could start with the number three, this represents our three black sheep, and then count on another five. One, two, three, four, five. We’ve ended on the number eight. We’ve used addition to add two groups of sheep together. Three plus five equals eight.

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