Subtraction can be a difficult concept for children to grasp. It may seem simple to some that when something is “taken away” then there is something leftover, but what helps even more is having a visual! At least that’s the type of learner I am anyway! To visually see an object being removed or “taken away” definitely helps children understand the concept of subtraction. These adorable Bug Subtraction Cards are the perfect tool for children to practice subtraction!
*Pair them with our Subtraction Centers for more hands-on fun!
Bug Subtraction Cards
I would suggest using these Bug Subtraction Cards with K-1 students. You can use them as a stand-alone math center or pull kids for small group work.
How to Prep
Simply print, laminate, and cut the cards apart. Include a basket of dry erase markers and an eraser.
You are all set to have a math activity where children can visually see each part of a subtraction math equation!
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How to Use the Bug Subtraction Cards
Children will begin by counting the total number of spots on the bug. This is the number that goes in the first box of the math equation.
Once he/she has the starting point for the math equation, they will then count how many spots on the bug are crossed out.
This is the number that is being “taken away.” This number goes in the second box of the math equation.
To find the answer to the math equation, simply count how many spots are remaining on the bug.
The remaining number of spots on the bug is the number that is written in the final box of the math equation.
Tips for additional play
- Encourage children to use different colored dry erase markers for each part of the equation
- Work in pairs. Children take turns pulling a bug subtraction card from the basket and completing the equation.
- Partners “check” each other’s work. This helps with retention since we know that children retain more when learned from a peer.
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