Four Very Basic Addition Worksheets

I’ve been assigned a math class this year. I’m not exactly well-suited to teach math; I struggled with it as a student, and really never made it past pre-algebra in high school. Nonetheless, I’m charged with teaching the subject. My students certainly deserve a better math teacher than I am–something I mention to them a couple of times a week.

In any case, here are four addition worksheets and their answer keys that I wrote for this class. There are a number of things I’m trying to assess with this preliminary work in the subject, one of the most important of which is any given student’s fund of working memory, a cognitive ability simply essential for math. You will see some problems repeat in different orders in an attempt to see if student recognize that they’ve seen the problem before. Also, using the same problem in different order gives students a chance to rehearse the commutative law of addition and teachers a chance to assess students’ understanding of this key concept in basic operations of mathematics.

If you find typos in these documents, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

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