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Maths Action Words – Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, Equals

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5 pages|This resource is suitable for Grades: K, 1 - 7

A set of five posters each with a list of maths action words relating to addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and equals.

A set of educational posters highlighting different words for each maths operations.


  • add
  • altogether
  • both
  • combined
  • how many
  • increase
  • join
  • plus
  • sum
  • together
  • total


  • deduct
  • detract
  • decrease by
  • difference
  • how many more?
  • how many left?
  • left over
  • less than
  • minus
  • reduce
  • remains
  • remove
  • subtract
  • take away


  • as much
  • by
  • equal groups
  • groups of
  • lots of
  • multiply
  • multiplied by
  • per
  • product of
  • times


  • average
  • divide
  • each
  • equal parts
  • evenly
  • every
  • out of
  • quotient
  • ratio
  • shared equally
  • split


  • balanced
  • equal
  • equivalent
  • even
  • gives
  • identical
  • is
  • matches
  • same
  • yields
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  • Northview State School

    Did you make one for equals as I think this is imperative. The equal symbol has numerous synonyms i.e. same as, balance etc.

    Comment by Northview State School on August 8, 2014 at 9:37 am

  • Thanks for the suggestion. You can download the posters, including ‘Equals’, now!

    Comment by Teach Starter on August 12, 2014 at 3:23 pm

  • Natalie Patrick

    Thank you for adding equals. Completes the set wonderfully!

    Comment by Natalie Patrick on August 12, 2014 at 7:27 pm

  • Asonia Rice

    I just noticed that all posters have ‘maths’ except addition that reads ‘math’.

    Comment by Asonia Rice on August 14, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    • Hi Asonia,

      Thanks for spotting that! Please download the correct version now.

      Kind regards,

      Comment by Teach Starter on August 14, 2014 at 1:42 pm

  • kirsti freeman

    Great resources have seen these work in the classroom.

    Comment by kirsti freeman on December 8, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    • Thanks for your feedback Kirsti!

      Comment by Scott (Teach Starter) on August 17, 2015 at 10:11 am

  • Karen Fennell


    Comment by Karen Fennell on August 17, 2015 at 7:38 am

    • You’re welcome Karen!

      Comment by Scott (Teach Starter) on August 17, 2015 at 10:11 am

  • Delwyn Wilson

    thank you x

    Comment by Delwyn Wilson on October 6, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    • No problem at all Delwyn. Thanks for downloading!

      Comment by Scott (Teach Starter) on October 7, 2015 at 11:09 am

  • Sharon Hayman

    Could you please make a black and white set with a thinner font for students with vision and reading issues. I want to put them in Maths exercise book. or make it a customizable product

    Comment by Sharon Hayman on February 10, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    • Kristian Kristian

      Hi Sharon,

      Thanks for your suggestion.

      Please feel free to request a resource here: http://www.teachstarter.com/request-a-resource/

      Requests are voted on by the Teach Starter community. We create the top request each week.

      Please let me know if you have any further questions, I’m more than happy to help.

      Kind regards,

      Official comment by Kristian on February 11, 2019 at 1:49 pm

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