Dive deep into using base-ten blocks to solve two-digit subtraction problems with regrouping. This lesson can be used independently or in conjuction with the lesson Double Trouble: Subtraction Practice.
Regrouping with Popsicle Sticks: Double-Digit Subtraction
Can you break a ten? An everyday exchange of money can help students think about regrouping to subtract. Students will use bundled popsicle sticks to see how values grouped into tens can be regrouped into ones to allow us to subtract.
Get your students synthesizing various subtraction strategies as they work with a partner to solve word problems. This lesson can be used alone or with the lesson plan **Show Me the Money! Two-Digit Subtraction.**
Students will love competing to be the first frog to catch the fly as they practice jumping on a number line to subtract. Use this scaffolded EL lesson plan alone or alongside **Whole Body Subtraction.**
Empower your students with the opportunity to design decimal subtraction problems with a given difference (answer). Use this lesson on its own or as support for the lesson Step By Step Decimal Subtraction.
Get your students comfortable with discussing multiple strategies to solve subtraction problems with this lesson on two- and three-digit subtraction. It may be taught independently or as support for the lesson Subtraction with Regrouping.
In this lesson, students will practice explaining the process of subtracting numbers up to 1,000 using base-ten blocks and peer feedback. Use this lesson on its own or as support to the lesson Fluently Subtracting within 1,000.
“Subtract One” Strategy: Subtracting From Zeros Without Borrowing
Many students cringe when they see a subtraction problem with multiple zeros. The “Subtract One” strategy in this lesson involves reducing the top number by one to turn the 0 digits into 9’s and then adding the one back in at the end.
Use this lesson to help students build their speaking and listening skills as they learn how to critique a flawed response using discussion cards. Use this as a stand-alone support lesson or alongside the activity Break it Down!
Subtracting Decimals: Presidential Problems at the Pizza Place
Students will practice subtracting decimal numbers by calculating the total of prominent political figures’ meals at a pizzeria. Then, students can create and solve their own word problems using the menu on the activity.
What exactly does the number 97 mean? How about 454? In this lesson, students explore how two-digit numbers are made up of tens and ones. Then they use this understanding to subtract numbers within 1000.
Teach your students about keeping on budget with this fun holiday-based lesson. Students will add decimals in a real-life application as they choose gifts for friends and family without breaking the bank.
Give students an opportunity to practice subtraction and analyze their peers' work with this fun lesson. Young mathematicians will have a great time playing a judging game and completing quirky worksheets.
Comparing Batting Averages: Subtracting to the Thousandths
Subtracting decimals to the thousandths can be fun when you are using actual statistics from Major League Baseball. Students will learn a little about how averages are calculated and then compare statistics of some of baseball's top players.
Help students build a solid foundation in multi-digit subtraction with these curated lesson plans. Math teachers find carefully paced lesson plans on a variety of multi-digit subtraction approaches and themes, including regrouping, the Subtract One strategy, determining missing numbers, estimating, and more. Each lesson plan includes ideas for differentiation, teacher modeling, and companion materials for hands-on practice.