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Basic Subtraction Strategies Posters

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 4 pages | Years: 2 - 6

A set of four posters with clear examples of subtraction strategies.

The three strategies include:

Jump Strategy: The jump strategy is when you use a number queue to jump in tens and ones to arrive at the answer.

Split Strategy (two versions): The split strategy is when you split a number into parts and subtracteach part separately. This is useful for large numbers.

Compensation Strategy: The compensation strategy is when you round numbers in an equation to make it easier to solve in your head.


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  • Emma

    These are great! Are there ones available for the younger years?

  • Jon Petruch

    I love this strategies!

    • Royce (Teach Starter)

      Hey Jon, thank you for taking the time to share your lovely comment. I hope your students find these posters useful.

  • Laura Houston

    Thanks, very helpful. I've been looking for something like this for a while!

  • Helen Septoo

    Thank you for the poster. I simply love it. The simplicity thereof says it all.....