Fluency with subtraction is one of the foundations of the first grade math curriculum. This guided lesson on subtraction was designed by our team of curriculum experts to reinforce first graders' understanding of subtraction, as well as boost their confidence with this operation. When finished with the lesson, kids can find extra opportunities to practice subtraction with the accompanying subtraction worksheets.
Practice subtraction with art! Help early learners grasp the concept of "taking away" using drawings. This lesson helps students work toward subtraction with numerals, and the mastery of simple shapes.
Find more subtraction practice through a variety of resources below. Students can visuals, number lines, and an equivalent addition problem in order to determine which works best for them. Allow your student to practice even more with our two-digit addition word problems resources.
Scholastic Resources on Subtraction and Counting Back
Unlike reciting the alphabet backward, learning to count backward is as important as counting forward. First and second graders learn how counting backward and subtracting takes away from a number. This simple math method is used all the time, from balancing budgets to determining a distance traveled.
Active Math is a lesson plan for first graders that teaches students how to add up to 20 and subtract back down to 0 using dice. Similarly, Whole Body Subtraction teaches kids to count back from 20 with a number line aid. There are handy printable worksheets that introduce students to counting backward and subtraction. Printouts include simple word problems and traditional subtraction practice with colorful illustrations.
The What's Missing? Subtraction Song is a catchy way for kids to study subtraction, and there are many fun online subtraction games for kids to get more practice. Students will succeed with the resources on subtraction and counting back in the Learning Library.