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Learning objects The part-adder: make your own hard sums


Solve addition sums such as 43+29. Use a linear partitioning tool to help solve your own addition sums. Learn strategies to do complex addition sums in your head. Split a sum into parts that are easy to work with, work out each part and then solve the original calculation. This learning object is one in a series of five objects.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students partition numbers to add numbers mentally.
  • Students use a linear model to add numbers mentally.
  • Students investigate strategies for adding numbers mentally.
Educational value
  • Helps students develop mental strategies to simplify and solve addition problems.
  • Includes a partitioning tool where students rename numbers in terms of parts.
  • Provides hints giving explanations of three mental strategies: ‘doubling’, ‘making to the next ten’, ‘using tens and ones’.
  • Encourages repeated use by incorporating student-generated problems.
  • Provides an option to print a worksheet for each completed equation, containing the working out.
Year level


Learning area
  • mathematics
  • Mathematics/Number and algebra
    • Mathematics/Addition
    • Mathematics/Counting strategies
    • Mathematics/Whole numbers
    • Mathematics/Number patterns
    • Mathematics/Number relationships
    • Mathematics/Mental arithmetic
    • Mathematics/Algorithms
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Analysis;
    • Experiment;
    • Modelling
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Visual learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving

    Other details

    • Technical implementer
    • Subject matter expert
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    Access profile
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    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
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    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.