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**ADDITION**

These strategies are useful for helping your child develop fluency with basic addition:

Count
All
: Count all of the objects in both numbers (This is
just for the beginning to establish the concept of addition)

Count
On
: Start with the bigger number and count on (This
is a transitional strategy to get us out of the counting all)

Add
2
: Start with the bigger number and skip a number to add by 2 (5+2
skips over 6 and finishes at 7 on a number line)

Add
3
: Use your 'Add 2' strategy and go 1 further (Once
you know 5+2=7, go 1 more for 5+3 and get 8)

Add
4
: Use your 'Add 2' strategy twice (If you know 5+2=7,
do another skip by jumping over 8 to solve 5+4=9)

Doubles
: Adding a number with itself (This is quicker and
easier than just counting on, and is used heavily for multiplying)

Doubles
plus One
: Use your doubles facts and add 1 extra (In 4+5
think of 5 as 4+1, so 4+5 is 4 doubled [8] plus 1)

Turn-Arounds
: You can switch the addends (Used best when adding
5,6,7,8; If you know 8+2, then you know 2+8)

Add
9
: Start by adding 10, then just take 1 away (For
8+9 start with 8+10 [18] and take away 1 to get 17)

Add
10
: To add 10 you are putting 1 in the tens column (7+10
starts with 0 tens,7 ones; We put 1 in the tens column [17])

Make
10
: Create a group of 10, then add on (For 8+6, think
of 6 as 2+4, so 8+6 is 8+2+4 which is just 10 and 4 more, 14)

Note: These strategies are adapted from the work of mathematician/author Greg Tang.

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**EVERYDAY
MATHEMATICS ANIMATIONS OF ADDITION STRATEGIES**

**SUBTRACTION**

These strategies are useful for helping your child develop fluency with subtraction:

Subtract
to 10
: Subtract to get back to 10, then subtract the rest (12-5
: 12-2 gets you back to 10 then -3 = 7)

Subtract
to 10s
: Subtract to get back to the nearest ten, then the rest (82-5
: 82-2 gets you 80 then -3=77)

Subtract
to 100
: Subtract to get back to 100, then subtract the rest (120-50
: 120-20 get you to 100, then -30 = 70)

Add
Up
: Use addition to find the difference between numbers (17-8
: 8 +2 makes 10 then +7 more for a total of 9 [2+7] )

Parital
Differences
: Find individual column differences (48-36 : Tens
[4-3=1] Ones [8-6=2], so answer=12)

Note: These strategies are adapted from the work of mathematician/author Greg Tang.

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**EVERYDAY
MATHEMATICS ANIMATIONS OF SUBTRACTION STRATEGIES**

**MULTIPLICATION**

These strategies are useful for helping your child develop fluency with basic multiplication:

x
0
: The answer will always be 0

x 1 : The answer is the same as the
number being multiplied by 1

x
2
: Just double the number that is being multiplied by 2 (The
groundwork here was established in addition)

x
3
: Doubles plus one (5x3 = 5x2 plus 5x1. This is 5
doubled [10] plus one more group of 5 )

x
4
: Double Double (5x4 = 5x2x2. This is 5 doubled [10]
and then double that answer to get 20)

x
5
: Multiply by 10 and then cut it in half (6x5 = Start
with 6x10 [60] and then just cut in half to get 30)

x
6
: Multiply by 3 and then just double (8x6 = Use your
previous knowledge [8x3=24] and double the 24 to get 48)

x
7
: Multiply by 5, Multiply by 2 and combine (8x7 =
8x5 [40] plus 8x2 [16] ; The final answer is 40+16, or 56)

x
8
: Multiply by 4 and then just double (9x8 = 9x4x2.
This is 9x4[36] doubled : 30 doubled=60 + 6 doubled=12, total is
72)

x
9
: Multiply by 10 then take away a group (9x3= 10x3
[30] take away a group of 3 [30-3] to get 27)

x10:
Just tack on a 0 at the end (8x10 = 8 groups of 10,
or just 8 in the tens place followed by a 0, which is 80)

x11:
For single digits it's just a repeat (9x11=9x1 in
the tens column [90] plus 9x1 in the ones column[9] or 9 shown twice
[99] )

x12:
Multiply by 10, Multiply by 2 and combine (7x12 =
7x10 [70] plus 7x2 [14] for a total of 84 when you add the 70 and
14)

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strategies.

Note: These strategies are adapted from the work of mathematician/author Greg Tang.

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**EVERYDAY
MATHEMATICS ANIMATIONS OF MULTIPLICATION STRATEGIES**

**DIVISION**

These strategies are useful for helping your child develop fluency with basic division:

÷
2
: Just split the number in half (18 ÷ 2 is
just 18 cut in half, which is 9)

÷
4
: Cut in half twice (24÷ 2 is just 24 cut
in half [12] then cut that in half to get 6)

÷
5
: Double then divide by 10 (30÷ 5 is done
by doubling the 30 [60] & dividing by 10,which removes the 0
ones [6] )

÷
6
: Cut in half, then divide by 3 (42÷6 is 42
cut in half [21] then divide that by 3 to get 7 )

÷
8
: Cut in half three times (48 ÷ 6 is 48 cut
in half [24] which gets cut in half [12] and one more time [6] )

÷10
: Remove the 0 that is in the ones column (90÷10
is done by deleting the 0 in 90 to get 9)

Note: These strategies are adapted from the work of mathematician/author Greg Tang.

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**EVERYDAY
MATHEMATICS ANIMATIONS OF DIVISION STRATEGIES**

**MULTI-PURPOSE
LINKS**

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**Michigan
M-STEP Test**

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**COMMON
CORE STATE STANDARDS**

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