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Free Download: Maths Action Words - Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, Equals


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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Common Core State Standards alignment

Grade 1 > Standards for Mathematical Practice > Operations & Algebraic Thinking > Work with addition and subtraction equations > CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.OA.D.7
Understand the meaning of the equal sign, and determine if equations involving addition and subtraction are true or false. For example, which of the following equations are true and which are false? 6 = 6, 7 = 8 - 1, 5 + 2 = 2 + 5, 4 + 1 = 5 + 2.

Grade 3 > Standards for Mathematical Practice > Operations & Algebraic Thinking > Multiply and divide within 100 > CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.OA.C.7
Fluently multiply and divide within 100, using strategies such as the relationship between multiplication and division (e.g., knowing that 8 × 5 = 40, one knows 40 ÷ 5 = 8) or properties of operations. By the end of Grade 3, know from memory all products of two one-digit numbers.

Grade 3 > Standards for Mathematical Practice > Operations & Algebraic Thinking > Solve problems involving the four operations, and identify and explain patterns in arithmetic > CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.OA.D.8
Solve two-step word problems using the four operations. Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding.


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  • 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

  • Thank you for adding equals. Completes the set wonderfully!

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

  • Hi,
    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

  • 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

  • Thankyou

    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

  • 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

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