Add or Subtract

  • Add or Subtract

    PoW ID: 5051

    Problem Print

    Vanessa has 27 Matchbox cars. Victor has 45. How many fewer does Vanessa have?

    George says this is an addition problem. Gloria disagrees and says this is a subtraction (take away) problem. Explain each child's thinking.

    Answer Check

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    George thought of it as 27 + ? = 45. Gloria thought of it as 45 - 27 = ? 

    Check out the teacher packet for multiple solution paths! 


    If your answer does not match our answer, did you

    • act it out with manipulatives?
    • draw a picture and label it?
    • talk in your group?

    If your answer does match ours, did you

    • explain?
    • help anyone in your group?
    • talk about what number to write instead of the question mark?