Subtraction Action

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Dec 21, 2014 4:10:31 AM

Terrific Tips For Teaching Kids Subtraction

Big Universe has dozens of picture books to inspire math mojo. Big Universe has dozens of picture books to inspire math wizards.

Strategies For Teaching Subtraction

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Teach the academic vocabulary of math

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Use a Number Line

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Books To Reach All Learners

Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these informational, expository and mathematical texts. Sharing these books is an excellent way to get students excited about math. These books offer a great opportunity to enrich student’s vocabulary and content knowledge. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these informational and engaging texts at

thumb.jpgWhat's The Difference
by Suzanne Slade (author), Joan Waites (illustrator) © 2010
ISBN: 9781607180951 AR: Book Level 5.0 / Points 0.5 / Quiz 136405 EN
You can celebrate the huge difference caring people make for endangered animals while you practice subtraction skills. In this sequel to her popular addition title, What’s New at the Zoo?, Slade presents a new subtraction problem in each clever rhyming verse. The colorful watercolors include realistic animals set in lush spreads by illustrator, Joan Waites. So join in the celebration of our world’s precious animals with this exciting title, and have fun practicing math skills along the way! The “For Creative Minds” educational section includes: Endangered Animal Vocabulary, Food Chains and Webs, Missing Links in Food Chains, Endangered Animals, and Fact Families.

thumbUsing a Calculator
by Dorianne Nardi Marsha Arvoy (author) © 2010
ISBN: 9780778791638
Ann’s grandfather is teaching her how to use a calculator. This simple, engaging book describes the parts of the calculator, what the math symbols on the buttons mean, and how to do simple equations. Concepts explained include addition, subtraction, division, mulitplication and patterns.


by Ann Becker (author) © 2011
ISBN: 9780778797685
This exciting new book helps budding mathematicians discover how to use subtraction. Come along with a museum curator as he prepares a butterfly exhibit. Concepts of taking away, comparing, difference, key words, modeling, and using the algorithms of subtraction are all explained in a fun and real-life setting.



Connecting To The Common Core Stfreeclipart appleate Standards

The Common Core State Standards clearly outline what is expected of students at each grade level, for students in the United States. The Common Core State Standards can be found at


Grade 1 » Operations & Algebraic Thinking » Add and subtract within 20

Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10. Use strategies such as counting on; making ten (e.g., 8 + 6 = 8 + 2 + 4 = 10 + 4 = 14); decomposing a number leading to a ten (e.g., 13 – 4 = 13 – 3 – 1 = 10 – 1 = 9); using the relationship between addition and subtraction (e.g., knowing that 8 + 4 = 12, one knows 12 – 8 = 4); and creating equivalent but easier or known sums (e.g., adding 6 + 7 by creating the known equivalent 6 + 6 + 1 = 12 + 1 = 13).

Grade 2 » Operations & Algebraic Thinking » Add and subtract within 20

Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies.2 By end of Grade 2, know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers.

Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction.
Use addition and subtraction within 20 to solve word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using objects, drawings, and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.1

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