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

Free | 5 pages (PDF)|Grades: F - 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
  • and


  • 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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Fantastic! Just what I was looking for

Caitlin Berghofer · Feb 16th, 2020

Thank you for this positive feedback, Caitlin! We’re so pleased that you are finding this resource helpful in your classroom.

Stephanie (Teach Starter) · Feb 17th, 2020

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

Sharon Hayman · Feb 10th, 2019

Hi Sharon,

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Kristian · Feb 11th, 2019

thank you x

Delwyn Wilson · Oct 6th, 2015

No problem at all Delwyn. Thanks for downloading!

· Oct 7th, 2015


Karen Fennell · Aug 17th, 2015

You’re welcome Karen!

· Aug 17th, 2015

Great resources have seen these work in the classroom.

kirsti freeman · Dec 8th, 2014

Thanks for your feedback Kirsti!

· Aug 17th, 2015

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

Asonia Rice · Aug 14th, 2014

Hi Asonia,

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

Kind regards,

· Aug 14th, 2014

Thank you for adding equals. Completes the set wonderfully!

Natalie Patrick · Aug 12th, 2014

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

· Aug 12th, 2014

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

Northview State School · Aug 8th, 2014

Resource Updates

  • The Addition poster now includes 'and.'

    Addition by Paul (Teach Starter) Jan 27th, 2020

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