### Missing addend with x or a box?

Recently I've been writing worksheets for fourth grade... Later this year, I will make this collection available for whoever wishes to buy it. But for now, it's a work in progress.

One topic I was pondering a lot was whether to include problems such as

15 + x = 30 into the worksheets.

Or, 234 + x = 700

or x + 1,923 = 5,000.

I hope you get the idea; in elementary books you often see these kind of missing addend problems with a little box:

15 + = 30 or

234 + = 700 or

+ 1,923 = 5,000.

Well, I decided for the x over the box! I don't think solving missing addend problems with subtraction is too difficult to learn on fourth grade; after all, students have been working with addition and subtraction connection from 1st grade on, right?

In my own old schoolbooks I actually see x from 3rd grade on.

I made several problems with charts such as

Hopefully those help the students with algebraic thinking.

Tags: math, elementary, algebra

One topic I was pondering a lot was whether to include problems such as

15 + x = 30 into the worksheets.

Or, 234 + x = 700

or x + 1,923 = 5,000.

I hope you get the idea; in elementary books you often see these kind of missing addend problems with a little box:

15 + = 30 or

234 + = 700 or

+ 1,923 = 5,000.

Well, I decided for the x over the box! I don't think solving missing addend problems with subtraction is too difficult to learn on fourth grade; after all, students have been working with addition and subtraction connection from 1st grade on, right?

In my own old schoolbooks I actually see x from 3rd grade on.

I made several problems with charts such as

Write a missing addend sentence

and a subtraction sentence to solve it.

1,500

|------------|-----|

x 346

Hopefully those help the students with algebraic thinking.

Tags: math, elementary, algebra