Our recently released Math Pack 30 - Subtraction Problems includes 5 engaging activities for students to be immersed in early subtraction.

#### Subtraction Skills

2 aspects of subtraction students need a lot of practice in are
• understanding how a subtraction situation can be written and solved
This pack provides 2 activities for these skills.

In our activities little learners will talk about subtraction situations. They will identify and describe what is known - the total, and what is unknown - part of the total. They also begin to work with fact families to make the link between addition and subtraction.

#### In and Out Subtraction Fun

In this write-n-wipe style activity, students will create a verbal story to match a situation.

For example:
There are 7 fish, 3 jump out of the water and 4 are left in the water.
Alternatively, they might say:
There are 7 fish, 4 are in the water and 3 are jumping out.

Students record these observations as math sentences. They will be interpreting each number as a total or part. They will also become very confident in an awareness of two different number sentences for every subtraction problem.

As an alternative to write-n-wipe, students can use the cards as task cards and record answers on the included worksheet instead.

#### Related addition and subtraction facts

The activity called 'Inside Outside' reinforces all of these aspects of subtraction as well, but we step it up a notch by having students also relate each subtraction situation to addition.

For example, here they might say:

There are 7 in the family. When three are outside, there are 4 left inside.

Once again, number sentences may be recored on the worksheet or directly onto a laminated card.

I absolutely love bringing you fun and engaging ways to build the mathematical understanding and skills of your students. Our Math Packs provide you with 5 activities. Use one each day of the week, or for each of a series of 5 sequenced lessons to cover a skill area.

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