# Subtraction Teaching Resources

Browse subtraction worksheets, games and more teacher-created activities for your lesson plans!

Aligned with both the TEKS and Common Core curriculums, each resource in this subtraction collection has been carefully reviewed and curated by our expert teachers to ensure it's ready to use with your students. Browse printables and digital activities for teaching students how to take away, use subtraction to compare quantities, subtract two-digit numbers with regrouping, solve word problems and so much more!

Whether you're teaching your 1st grade class to add and subtract within 20 or your 3rd graders how to fluently subtract within 1,000, or you're explaining to a 6th grade group how to add or subtract integers on a number line, there are plenty of options for your planning.

New to teaching subtraction, or just looking for new ways to engage your students? Read on for a primer from our teacher team, including a kid-friendly definition to explain what it means to subtract, plus a look at the subtraction sign and more math vocabulary for teaching kids this whole number operation.

## What Is Subtraction? A Kid-Friendly Definition

If you're teaching in the early grades and introducing subtraction for the very first time, you may need a definition that can help you explain what it means to subtract numbers.

Subtraction is a math operation we can use when we have a number and we want to find out what's left when we take away another number.

For example, let's say you have 5 toys, and your friend takes 2 of them home. How can you determine how many toys are left? You can use subtraction!

If you subtract 2 from the number 5, you are left with 3.

## What Is the Subtraction Sign Called?

There are several math symbols and signs that help us understand the relationships between numbers in our math problems. Students should learn early on to identify the subtraction symbol, which is called the minus sign.

The minus sign (-) looks like a short line.

When it is placed between two numbers, it lets us know that we should subtract the number on the right from the number on the left.

For example, look at the subtraction problem below:

- 6-3

In this problem, the minus sign tells us that you will need to subtract — or take away — 3 from the number 6.

## What Is the Answer to a Subtraction Problem Called?

Teaching math in elementary or middle school involves teaching a significant amount of math vocabulary!

When it comes to subtraction, one word kids need to learn early on is "difference" — this is the word we use for the answer to a subtraction problem.

## What Are the Numbers Called in Subtraction?

Words like subtraction, difference and minus are commonly used in the classroom, but what about the numbers in a subtraction problem?

These are not typically taught to students, but keeping the names of the numbers in a subtraction problem in your back pocket can be helpful anyway!

**Minuend**— This is the number on the left in a subtraction problem. It is the number that you are "taking away" from.**Subtrahend**— This is the number on the right in a subtraction problem. It is the number that you are "taking away."

## Teaching Kids How to Subtract — 3 Fun Ideas From Our Teacher Team

Looking for some tips on teaching subtraction? This collection of resources is full of ideas from our expert math teachers, but we didn't stop there.

Here are some tips that may help you teach kids how to subtract and build fluency!

### 1. Focus on Missing Addends

Missing addend addition is sometimes easier for kids to grasp when tackling subtraction problems.

For example, rather than 17 - 8, gear your students to think, "8 plus what equals 17?"

### 2. Teach Regrouping With Base-10 Blocks

Students need to understand they aren't changing the value of the minuend in the subtraction problem, just what it looks like. For example, 42 is still 42, even if it's represented as 30 + 12 instead of 40 + 2.

This is where it helps to teach the concept of regrouping using Base-10 blocks.

### 3. Use Subtraction Rhymes

Using fun rhymes as mnemonics in subtraction can help your student remember the rules. Here's one of our favorites for teaching students subtraction with regrouping:

More on top?

No need to stop!

More on the floor?

Go next door.

Add 10 more.

If the numbers are the same, then 0 is the name!

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### Roll It! Operations Game

Use this fun game to practice all four operations and/or order of operations.

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### Subtraction using Place Value Disks - Worksheet

Subtract 3-digit numbers using place value disks with a printable 3rd-grade subtraction worksheet.

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### Addition and Subtraction Problem Solving Task Cards

Practice solving 1- and 2-step word problems by adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers with this set of 16 task cards.

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### Math Graphic Organizers - Printable Work Mats

Practice working on specific math concepts with our set of 5 printable math graphic organizers.

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### Multi-Step Addition and Subtraction Word Problem Task Cards

Solve multi-step addition and subtraction word problems with a set of printable math task cards.

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### Strip Diagram (Bar Model) Poster Pack

Help your students solve problems using the four operations with a pack of printable strip diagram anchor charts.

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### Subtraction Strategies – Worksheet

Assess your students’ knowledge of subtraction strategies with a subtraction assessment.

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### Addition and Subtraction Mat - Apple Tree

Solve addition and subtraction problems up to 10 with a hands-on apple math center.

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### Bump! Subtraction to 10 Math Game

Practice subtraction facts to 10 with a fun printable subtraction board game.

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### Dominate the Dragon – Mental Math Worksheets

Capture your students' interest in math drills for all four operations with these fun dragon-themed differentiated math worksheets.

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### Halloween 3-Digit Subtraction Worksheet

Bring a bit of spooky season into your classroom with a printable Halloween Subtraction worksheet.

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### Subtraction on a Number Line – Worksheets

Practice subtracting two-digit numbers with regrouping using a number line and the jump strategy with a pack of differentiated worksheets.

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### Subtraction Fact Fluency Assessments

Assess and track subtraction fact fluency with a printable Math Fact Fluency program for subtraction facts.

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### Spooky Subtraction - 3rd Grade Halloween Math Game

Practice triple-digit subtraction with regrouping with an exciting 3rd Grade Halloween Math Game.

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### Printable Blank Number Line - 0-120

Create personal number lines for use in math lessons with a printable blank number line template for numbers from 1-120.

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### Addition and Subtraction Within 20 – Worksheet

Use this worksheet with your students when exploring addition and subtraction within 20.

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### Ten Frame Printable Templates

Use these printable ten frames in various math lessons to reinforce number sense and other essential skills.

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### Addition and Subtraction with Regrouping - Posters

Break down the steps to use regrouping to find a solution with an addition and a subtraction poster.

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### Addition and Subtraction on a Number Line - Superhero Math Activity

Fly through addition and subtraction on a number line with an exciting Number Line Hero task card activity.

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### Printable Number Line 0–30

Make counting a visual experience with this set of 4 multi-purpose 0–30 printable number lines.

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### Adding and Subtracting Integers - Codebreaker Worksheets

Crack the positive and negative number code with four adding and subtracting integers worksheets.

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### Mixed Operations Minute Math Booklet (Lower-Level Version)

Jump into your math lessons with this ten-page mental math booklet covering the four operations and number patterns.

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### Number Bonds Math Center Activity

Use this hands-on number bonds (addition and subtraction) strategy activity in your next guided math group lesson!

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### Number Talks - Double Digit Subtraction Task Cards

Encourage the use of mental math strategies with 2-digit subtraction number talks task cards.

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### Decomposing Numbers - Subtraction Teaching Slides

Challenge students to decompose numbers to mentally solve two-digit subtraction problems with a teaching presentation.

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### Making Monsters Subtraction - Halloween Math Worksheet

Have some spooky subtraction fun with three differentiated Halloween subtraction worksheets.

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### 2-Digit Subtraction Using Bar Models- Differentiated Worksheets

Review and assess your students’ subtraction skills with differentiated 2-digit subtraction worksheets focusing on the bar model strategy.

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### Subtraction Using the Bar Model - Worksheet

Review and assess your students’ subtraction skills with a 3-digit subtraction worksheet focusing on the bar model strategy.

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### 2-Digit Subtraction Using Bar Models- Task Cards

Review and assess your students’ subtraction skills with a set of 2-digit subtraction task cards focusing on the bar model strategy.

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### 3 Digit Subtraction Worksheets - Subtraction Strategy Practice

Review and assess your students’ subtraction skills with a pack of printable worksheets covering various strategies for 3-digit subtraction.

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### Subtraction with Regrouping - Printable Math Mat

Explore subtraction with regrouping using a printable subtraction math mat.

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### Subtraction within 20 - Color by Number Worksheet

Reveal the mystery picture by solving the subtraction problems with a color-by-number worksheet.