Subtracting using Objects & Drawings

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Introduce your students to a mathematical operation using visuals to help them understand the concept of subtraction.  The lesson helps your students understand various vocabulary related to subtraction, as well as the symbols minus sign and equals sign.  An included activity sheet gives students a chance to practice writing the subtraction sentence to go along with their pictures.

Subtracting Using Objects & Drawings Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Subtracting using Objects & Drawings
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on Subtracting using Objects & Drawings
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-2 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

Introduce your students to a mathematical operation using visuals to help them understand the concept of subtraction.  The lesson helps your students understand various vocabulary related to subtraction, as well as the symbols minus sign and equals sign.  An included activity sheet gives students a chance to practice writing the subtraction sentence to go along with their pictures.

Classroom Instructions:

  1. Begin by asking students if you had three graham crackers and you decided to give one to your best friend, how many would you have left? Ask how they decided to solve the problem.  Lead them towards the word subtraction or subtracting.
  2. While reading the content pages, reinforce vocabulary and give students additional examples of subtraction problems in order to help them practice.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  3. Introduce the notes on subtracting using objects and drawings. Have students practice problems with and without remainders.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  4. Have students practice problems as a class.
  5. Follow Activity page with students. Have students work in pairs or small groups.  Use the worksheet or have students use their own paper.
  6. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses as a class.
  7. Distribute the Homework page. Have students share a subtraction problem from their homework at the beginning of the next class.
  8. In closing, ask students when they have had to use subtraction in their own experiences.
  9. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.Math.Content.K.OA.A.1, CCSS.Math.Content.K.OA.A.2, CCSS.Math.Content.K.OA.A.3, CCSS.Math.Content.1.OA.A.1

None for Grade 2

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1 class session

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Additional information

Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade

Subject

Math