# Column addition 5: Wriggling Worms

## The Number Bit!

In this exciting lesson, you will need to solve a range of addition word problems that feature earthworms. Try using **PAWS** to arrive at the right answer!

**P ** = Picture the problem in your mind.

**A **= Annotate the word problem by highlighting the important information.

**W** = Write down the number sentence that needs to be solved.

**S** = Solve the number sentence using an efficient strategy.

**Prior learning:** 4-digit column addition with one exchange

## Use PAWS and column addition to solve the following word problem.

During its lifetime, a badger that reached the age of fifteen consumed a staggering 98,367 ‘Lumbricus terrestris’ earthworms! It devoured a total of 12,359 earthworms in its second year and 13,682 earthworms in its third year.

**How many earthworms did the badger eat over this two year period?**

**Did you know?**

Many animals love feasting on juicy worms. Badgers will eat hundreds of worms in a single evening. Whilst there are actually many types of earthworm, badgers prefer one particular type of earthworm known as ‘Lumbricus terrestris.’