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Subtraction

Subtraction is central to solving these problems, though it may not be the only required operation.
 Related Resources

Interactive resources from our Math Tools project:
Math 1: Operations with Numbers: Subtraction
NCTM Standards:
Number and Operations Standard for Grades PreK3
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Add or Subtract?


Grade 2. Find the answer to a question and then settle a disagreement between
two friends.
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Ants on a Bun


Grade K. Find out how many ants were at a picnic.
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A Summer Garden


Grade 2. Figure out the number of sunflowers in a garden.
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Baby Birds


Grade K. Find out how many baby birds are left in the nest.
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Book Club


Grade K. Figure out how many more books Ben has to read.
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Building a Tower

Grade K. How many blocks has Ming put on Ali's tower?
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Cleanup Time


Grade 1. Figure out how many pencils are left on the floor after some have
been picked up.
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Colorful Candies


Grade K. Find out how many blue candies Sam has.
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Counting Comics


Grade 1. How many comic books does Sondra have?
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Counting Gumballs


Grade K. Figure out how many extra gumballs Steve has.
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Count Them Up


Grade 1. Write a number sentence to explain how many pennies Darryl has.
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Earning Money


Grade 1. Answer questions about doing chores to earn allowance.
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Flower Fun


Grade 1. Figure out how many pink tulips Michelle will give to her
grandmother.
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Fourth of July


Grade 2. Figure out how many hot dogs and hot dog buns a mom needs to buy for
a barbecue.
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Get Yer Popcorn!


Grade 2. Add and subtract money and compare prices of snacks at the school
play.
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Goldfish Galore


Grade 1. Divide 20 goldfish evenly between two friends.
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Growing Up


Grade K. Figure out how much more I have to grow to be as tall as my dad.
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Gum for Everyone!


Grade 1. Can 10 (and then 11) pieces of gum be shared equally among three
people?
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Hannah's Cookies


Grade K. Determine how many cookies Jacob has, based on the number of cookies
Hannah has.
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How Many Berries Did I Eat?


Grade 1. Reason about whether I ate more blueberries or raspberries.
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Ice Cream Party


Grade K. Figure out the number friends that cannot come to a birthday party.
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Jordan's Jobs


Grade 1. Figure out if Jordan has enough money to buy a scooter.
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Magic Rabbits


Grade K. Figure out how many rabbits will appear from the magician's hat.
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Making Sandwiches


Grade 1. Help Ricardo and Gloria divide their task as fairly as possible.
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Money Matters


Grade K. Figure out which items you can buy with 11 cents.
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New Pencils


Grade K. Figure out how many pencils Paul had before he bought new ones.
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Number Fun


Grade 1. Use clues to help Dominic solve a number riddle.
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Pick 'em Up!


Grade K. Figure out how many more beads are left on the floor after Sharon
picks some of them up.
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Playground Fun


Grade K. Figure out how many children are on the monkey bars.
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Prize Box


Grade K. Find out how many tickets Manuela needs in order to choose something
from the prize box.
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Reading Superstars


Grade 2. Figure out how many stars each student earned for giving book talks.
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Seashells by the Seashore


Grade 2. Use subtraction and compare numbers of seashells in the Smith twins'
collections.
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Snow Globes


Grade 2. Follow a pattern to figure out how many snow globes Angie will place
on her shelves.
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Summer Days


Grade 1. Use your knowledge of time and money to answer some questions about
a lemonade stand.
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Superhero

Grade 1. Help the superhero figure out how many laps he's done.
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The Cookout


Grade 2. Find out how many burgers Ali cooks at the cookout.
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The Eagle and the Bear


Grade 1. Figure out how many fish the eagle has to catch to tie the bear in
their fishing contest.
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The Pond


Grade 1. Solve a multistep problem to figure out how many geese are left in
the pond.
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Trading Card Price Tag


Grade 2. How much is Richie's Red Sox card worth?
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Warming Up!


Grade 1. Divide marshmallows equally between Suresh and his sister.
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Who Has More Apples?


Grade 1. Figure out how many more apples Alexa has than Tom.
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Winter Is Coming!


Grade 2. Figure out how many nuts a squirrel has left.
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