Count Back Strategy for Subtraction


Math Pack 40 will make learning the 'count back by 1, 2, 10 or 20' strategies super fun for your learners and a breeze to prep!

The activities will help students learning to:
  • count back by 2 with double digit numbers on a number line
  • use a hundreds chart to count back by 10
  • use hundred chart arrangements to count back by 1, 2, 10 and 20
  • count back by 1 and 2 in both the ones and tens column of 2 digit number subtraction
  • count back by 1 and 2 in 2 digit subtraction algorithms
Each of the 5 small-group activities has:
  • detailed instructions
  • playing cards/boards/templates
  • a worksheet (either a recording worksheet or a fun-follow-up)
  • a cover page to help you organize your resources for future reference
Here's a sneak peek:

Count Back 2

Students will count back by 2 with 2 digit numbers on a number track. You can encourage students to make these tracks using labeled connecting cubes or number tiles too. Students new to this strategy might use the line of numbers to 'jump' back, but hopefully with LOADS of practice they will become so familiar with the position of numbers 2 spaces back, they will know them instantly.

Count Back 10

Students will use a hundreds chart to 'count back 10'. Here they will become familiar with the visualization of 10 less on a hundreds chart arrangement.


Count Back Corners

Students will count back by 1, 2, and 10 with sections of a hundreds chart. Here they will write numbers using dry erase markers, or pencil on the recording page.



Count Back House

Students will count back by 1 and 2 in both the ones and tens column of 2 digit number subtraction during this activity. They will use the skills practiced in the previous games to find the answer.


Take Away

Students will count back by 1 and 2 in 2 digit subtraction algorithms and record using a marker or number tile.


Hop over  to our TpT store to find this new Math Pack now!


Number Poem Posters


Help your little learners write numbers 0 to 9 with these fun and catchy number poems. Each number poem has a poster visual and page in the student activity book! Your classroom will be cute, bright and fun with our happy design style!

The rhymes will help students remember the path of motion for writing each numeral and we have provided 3 options for you to display them:


  1. All-on-one page poster
  2. Individual page sized posters
  3. Type-your-own poem posters
Included also is a student activity book. Students can read the poem and trace and write the numbers


We've written a little rhyme for each number, which your students will love learning and repeating as they do their numbers. 


But if you have a favorite rhyme alternative, just type it into the editable version before you print!


A perfect activity to accompany learning these rhymes is the little activity book we have included with the pack. Students can trace, trace and write each number as they say the poem!





Watch our video to help your little ones learn the poems!



Number Crafts

Your students will love making some number friends to display around the classroom too! Find them over at TpT!



It is time


It is time for the always-amazing Back to School sale over at TpT. You will know, that these TpT sale days are the only days we discount our store


From Tuesday August 6th to Wednesday August 7th (USA time) use the code BTS19 in our store to get up to 25% off!

It is a very big deal and loads of fun! You will be hearing a LOT over the next few days. Excitement is building already. 

I like to have a plan for these sale days, because I get all jittery on sale day and flit from one page to another, in a nervous bundle of energy. I ALWAYS forget half the things I want to buy for my classroom.

Here are some of the things I do to get prepared , so I get the MOST out of the sale! They may help you too:

1. Load-up your wishlist


You have some time to get your wishlist stocked up. 

What is a wishlist you say? Well, hello fun! 

As you scroll through the resources listed on TpT, you will see a clickable option called Add to Wishlist. These items will be added to a virtual list in your account, from which you can easily take items quickly through to the checkout. 

You are not committed to buy them, but they are ready for when you can. I like to think of mine as virtual sticky-note because I can never re-find something that has caught my eye once I've moved on. Load that baby up with anything that takes your fancy. Trust me, it is F-U-N! 
When browsing my favorite stores during wishlist-loading time, I use the TpT 'sort' tools to find the 'most recent' releases. I also use their store categories to find their bundles and higher priced items. There is no better time in the year to make these larger purchases. 

Bundles are usually deeply discounted to begin with, but with the sale discount added, the value is amazing! 


2. Feedback frenzy


TpT will GIVE your points to spend for every feedback you leave. Go to your 'My Purchases' tab and make sure you have given feedback for all your past purchases. When you go to checkout at the sale, be sure to use your points as well as the discount code BTS19.

3. Stick together 


Talk to your online friends about what they are purchasing. Take advantage of the very generous 'multiple licenses' that most sellers provide.

When you add an item to your cart, you can also buy an additional license - so you can share one with a friend, and then split the cost. So if you buy something for $8 and pay a $4 license to share it with one of your teaching colleagues, you can both arrange with one another to pay $6 each!

4. Look out for the FUN!


Keep a look out on social media. A ton of wonderful sellers will be offering you chances to win TpT gift vouchers, or score bonus 'buy one get one free' style deals. Enter as many as you can, and you could WIN vouchers to spend over the sale! Woohoo!!

We going to give away some $10 TpT gift vouchers over on our Instagram over the next few days - keep a look out!

5. Feel good and appreciate value

I usually dip into the sale a couple of times over the 2 days. It feels so good to support creators and teacher authors and receive amazing value from my purchases - time, creative ideas and spark for my teaching program.

I hope these tips provide you with ways to get the best value from sale day and have a little fun at the same time!


Doubles for Addition

Our Print and Play math activities make learning easy-to-prep and lots of fun! Make learning the doubles, doubles plus one and double tens strategies a breeze with our pack of 4 apple themed math centers.

The games include:

1. Apple Double

Students will roll a six sided die and double before locating the numeral.

2. Apple Core

Students will find the total of the 2 sides of the apple - using a double (up to double 12 = 24)

3. Double Tree + 1

Students will use the doubles plus one strategy to find the total apples on each tree.

4. Apple Bump

Students will double 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 to find the totals on the game board.


They are perfect for math centers and game-rotations.

A follow-up worksheet and cover page (for your organization of resources) is provided for each activity. Hop over to our store to find them waiting for you.

This pack is also in our VIP Library for the next 4 weeks, we'd love to have you join!