Skill 2E
Word Problems: Increased Complexity:  How many in all?

This problem type is more complex than previous word problems. Here you can see the importance of drawing a good picture to help solve the problem.

Listen while I read the word problem below.  Draw a picture of the main points of the problem on a piece of paper. Use this drawing to write a number sentence to answer the problem.

Carlos saw 2 dogs while walking to school on Tuesday.   His sister saw 2 more than Carlos on Wednesday.
How many dogs did they see in all?

Before you draw a picture to help solve the problem, tell me whether you should add or subtract to solve the problem. Why do you think that?
This question should be answered quickly and correctly, if not practice the skill.