Addition Word Problems - 1-Digit Numbers

Math basic concept on addition word problems - 1-digit numbers for the first grade. To understand the word problems with different digits combinations read the question carefully and follow the steps provided.

Worked-out examples on addition word problems – 1-digit numbers:

1. There are 5 red rubber bands and 4 green rubber bands. How many rubber bands are there in all?

You can count up to add the numbers together. It is easier to start with the larger number. Start from 5 and count up 4:

5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Add 5 and 4





The sum is 9.

Follow the steps:

Number of red rubber bands = 5

Number of green rubber bands = 4

Therefore, total number of rubber bands = 5 + 4 = 9


2. On Saturday evening Kristen completed 3 pages in English homework and 3 pages in Math homework. How many total number of pages did she completed her homework altogether?

You can count up to add the numbers together. It is easier to start with the larger number. Start from 3 and count up 3:

3, 4, 5, 6

Add 3 and 3






The sum is 6.

Follow the steps:

Number of pages Kristen completed in English homework = 3

Number of pages she completed in English homework = 3

Therefore, total number of pages she completed altogether = 3 + 3 = 6


3. A pet-lover has 2 dogs and 4 cats in his house. How many animals are there in his house in all?

You can count up to add the numbers together. It is easier to start with the larger number. Start from 4 and count up 2:

4, 5, 6

Add 2 and 4






The sum is 6.

Follow the steps:

Number of dogs in his house = 2

Number of cats in his house = 4

Therefore, total number of animals in his house = 2 + 4 = 6

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