## Make addition with regrouping simpler!

If you have laid a solid foundationÂ in place value, your students are probably ready to take on addition with regrouping. Â Kids can quickly get lost in what number to carry and where to write it. Â Fortunately, there’s a teaching aid hiding right in your desk drawer…the versatile sticky note!

Here’s how it’s done:

1. Â Write an addition problem requiring regrouping on the board or the projector.

2. Â Show students how to add up the numbers in the ones column and write the answer on a sticky note. Â In the beginning it is probably worth labeling the left side of the note “tens” and the right side “ones.”

3. Â  Use a pair of scissors to cut the note in half vertically.

4. Â  Put the “tens” half of the note on top of the tens column. Â Put the “ones” half underneath the ones column. Â Add up all the numbers in the tens column and there’s the answer! Â Have students come up and try it, too!

Looking for other strategies for addition with regrouping? Â Check out the open number line strategy.

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Hannah Braun
Hannah Braun is a former teacher with 8 years of experience in the classroom and a master's degree in early childhood education. She designs engaging, organized classroom resources for 1st-3rd grade teachers.

1. I love working with sticky notes – best invention ever!

2. What a brilliant way to teach and provide practice with regrouping (carrying)! I love that it is a bridge from the concrete to the abstract! Thank you for sharing!
Peggy @ Primary Flourish

3. What a great way to teach regrouping! Such a tough concept for students. Thanks for sharing! ðŸ™‚

4. I would think it’s also engaging to use sticky notes. I know my students love when we use them. Thanks so much for the idea.