Posted by **cristina** on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 5:47pm.

I need help teaching my 2nd grader how to come up with the answer. Easy for an adult..difficult to explain to a child.

I am thinking of 2 numbers who sum is 15.

One of the numbers is 9 more than the other. Got the 12 plus 3 part. Help me explain it in its simplest terms

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**Ms. Sue**, Monday, February 4, 2013 at 5:52pm
I'd use counters -- like M & Ms or pennies.

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**cristina**, Monday, February 4, 2013 at 5:55pm
That is my thought but how do I pose the question? I took a deck of cards for counters and tried to figure out how to go about it.

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**cristina**, Monday, February 4, 2013 at 5:56pm
THANK YOU by the way!

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**Ms. Sue**, Monday, February 4, 2013 at 6:03pm
Put out 15 objects.

Then have your child take 9 of them away.

How many are left?

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**cristina**, Monday, February 4, 2013 at 6:11pm
that's not the answer. its how to get her to 12 is 9 more than 3 that equals 15

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**Reiny**, Monday, February 4, 2013 at 6:29pm
start with your 15 objects

take 1 away, the pile left is 14 more than what she took away, and 14-1=13

take 2 away, the pile left is 13 more than what she took away, and 13-2=11

take 3 away, the pile left is 12 more than what she took away, and 12-3=9

ahhh, one is 3, the other is 12

for yourself:

x+y = 15

x-y = 9

add them

2x = 24

x=12 , then y = 3

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