Make It N

Adds on objects to “make one number into another,” without needing to count from 1. Does not (necessarily) represent or know how many were added (this is not a requirement of this intermediate-difficulty problem type).


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Other Examples:

  • Asked, "This puppet has 4 balls but she should have 6. Make it 6," puts up 4 fingers on one hand, immediately counts up from 4 while putting up 2 more fingers, saying, "5, 6."

Help your student become a(n) Make It N

These transitional activities challenge children to solve a problem in which they start with one number and add objects to make it a larger number, without necessarily knowing how many they added ("Here are 3 counters. Can you add some so we have 6?")

Special Thanks To

Institute of Education Sciences
The research reported here was supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through grant numbers R305K050157, R305A120813, R305A110188, and R305A150243. to the University of Denver. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the Institute or the U.S. Department of Education.