Addition Strategies: Drawing Pictures

Contributor: Samantha Penna. Lesson ID: 11614

Do you like to solve math problems? Do you like to draw? You can solve math and word problems by drawing pictures to get the answer! You'll get lots of fun practice and confidence on paper and online!


Arithmetic, Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Whole Numbers and Operations

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personality style
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
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Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

  • Did you know you can use drawing to solve addition problems?

It's like combining art and math!

  • How do you think you could solve this problem with drawing?

4 + 4 = ?

  • Did you think of a way to use drawing to help you solve the problem above?

Share your strategy with your parent or teacher.

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Drawing pictures is a great strategy to use when you are stuck on a tricky addition problem! You can use pictures to help you with word problems, too!

There are many options when it comes to drawing out your addition problems.

The first thing you should think about is what the math problem is asking you to do. Read the math word problem below:

Sally has four flowers. She picks three more flowers. How many flowers does she have in all?


What object are you adding in this problem? Tell your parent or teacher.

That's right! You are adding flowers. Before you draw out this problem, think to yourself, "Will this take me a very long time to draw?" If the answer is, "Yes," try drawing circles instead of the actual object.

  • How would you draw the problem above?

Take out a piece of paper and a pencil and draw the flowers like this:

Do your flowers look similar to the ones in the box above? Fantastic! As long as you have four flowers plus three flowers, you are on the right track.

Now it is time to add the pictures together. Count all of the pictures. Tell your parent or teacher your answer.

Did you count seven flowers? Great!

4 + 3 = 7

Aren't you glad you learned how to add sets of objects and numbers together by drawing pictures? Move on to the next section to practice this new addition skill.

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