To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Subject: Re: Subtracting using fingers
Ken Ong, You may want to try this new technique with your son, its called Subdition. Subdition eliminates the concept of “borrowing” or “regrouping”. Three rules govern this technique: 1.The traditional rule is when the minuend (or top number) is larger than the subtrahend(or bottom number) ‘8’ kids usually can master this with a little practice. -5 3 2.The Five Rule is when the minuend is smaller than the subtrahend‘0,1,2,3,4’, a borrowing or regrouping scenario, and the subtrahend is 5,‘32’ add the minuend to the subtrahend which, in this case is 7, -15 17 subtract 1 from the number left of the current column of the minuend and continue processing. 3.The Ten Rule state, that when subtracting numbers, if the minuend is smaller than the subtrahend, and the subtrahend is not five, subtract the subtrahend from ten and add the difference to the minuend. Record the sum and subtract one from the number to the left in the minuend. 32 10 2 32 -16 - 6 +4 -16 4 6 16 This copyrighted method has been tested and was quite successful with second grader. This technique is truly different from anything currently being used in the educational system today. www.Subdition.com.
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