2. Addition word problems for 2nd grade

These addition word problems are great for ages 7 and older who are looking to improve their adding skills.


Ryan built a gingerbread house with 243 jelly beans and 13 candy canes. How many pieces of candy did Ryan use in his gingerbread house?

  • Answer

    256

  • Explanation

    First write the addition number sentence. Add the number of jelly beans and the number of candy canes Ryan used:
    243 + 13
    Now complete the addition number sentence by finding the sum of 243 and 13:
    243 + 13 = 256


Gregor built a cabin with his friend. He collected 756 logs, and his friend collected 59 logs. How many logs did they collect?

  • Answer

    815

  • Explanation

    First write the addition number sentence. Add the number of logs Gregor collected and the number of logs his friend collected:
    756 + 59
    Now complete the addition number sentence by finding the sum of 756 and 59:
    756 + 59 = 815


Michael’s car broke down and he took out $109 from his wallet to pay the towing company. After that, he had $62 left in his wallet. How much money did Michael have in his wallet before his car broke down?

  • Answer

    $171

  • Explanation

    First write the addition number sentence. Add the two amounts:
    $109 + $62
    Now complete the addition number sentence by finding the sum of 109 and 62:
    $109 + $62 = $171


One day at the office, the secretary used 683 small paper clips and 75 large paper clips. How many paper clips did the secretary use that day?

  • Answer

    758

  • Explanation

    First write the addition number sentence. Add the numbers of paper clips:
    683 + 75
    Now complete the addition number sentence by finding the sum of 683 and 75:
    683 + 75 = 758


A couple went on a camping trip for two weeks. They used 112 logs for their fire in the first week and 97 logs for their fire in the second week. How many logs did the couple burn during their two week camping trip?

  • Answer

    209

  • Explanation

    First write the addition number sentence. Add the logs:
    112 + 97
    Now complete the addition number sentence by finding the sum of 112 and 97:
    112 + 97 = 209


A car dealer has 324 old cars. He receives 18 new cars. How many cars are now in the car dealership?

  • Answer

    342

  • Explanation

    First write the addition number sentence. Add the number of old cars and the number of new cars:
    324 + 18
    Now complete the addition number sentence by finding the sum of 324 and 18:
    324 + 18 = 342


To fill an order, the factory dyed 465 metres of fabric blue and 81 metres red. How many metres of fabric did the factory dye for that order?

  • Answer

    546

  • Explanation

    First write the addition number sentence. Add the metres of fabric:
    465 + 81
    Now complete the addition number sentence by finding the sum of 465 and 81:
    465 + 81 = 546


Last week, Lionel and Debbie went on a road trip. Lionel drove 672 km and Debbie drove 74 km. In total, how many kilometers (km) did they drive?

  • Answer

    746

  • Explanation

    First write the addition number sentence. Add the kilometers:
    672 + 74
    Now complete the addition number sentence by finding the sum of 672 and 74:
    672 + 74 = 746


Kirk made a Lego house with 639 blue Legos and 40 red Legos. How many pieces of Lego did Kirk use to build his Lego house?

  • Answer

    679

  • Explanation

    First write the addition number sentence. Add the number of Legos:
    639 + 40
    Now complete the addition number sentence by finding the sum of 639 and 40:
    639 + 40 = 679


Rachel made 142 grams of marmalade. She also made 27 grams of apricot jam. In all, how many grams of jam do they have?

  • Answer

    169

  • Explanation

    First write the addition number sentence. Add the grams:
    142 + 27
    Now complete the addition number sentence by finding the sum of 142 and 27:
    142 + 27 = 169