You have already added 2 numbers together. Adding 3 or 4 numbers together is not much different at all!

**To better understand adding more than 2 numbers…**

## LET’S BREAK IT DOWN!

### Add 3 numbers together.

To add 5 + 4 + 8, first add the first two numbers together. 5 + 4 = 9. Then add in the third number, 8. 9 + 8 = 17.

### Add in a different order.

You can add those same numbers in a different order. 4 + 8 = 12. Then add the 5. 5 + 12 = 17. The answer is the same.

### You can break apart numbers to add.

To add 11 + 18 + 50, break the numbers into tens and ones. 11 = 10 + 1 and 18 = 10 + 8.

Add the tens, then add the ones. 10 + 10 = 20. 1 + 8 = 9. The sum of the first two numbers is 20 + 9 = 29. Then add the 50. 29 + 50 = 79.

### To add 3-digit numbers, you can break numbers apart into hundreds, tens, and ones.

Add 532 + 120 + 127. 532 = 500 + 30 + 2. 120 = 100 + 20. 127 = 100 + 20 + 7. Add the hundreds, tens, and ones separately, and then combine the place values. The sum is 700 + 70 + 9 = 779.