Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Math Madness Wednesdays: Subtraction Tips and Tricks

I am linking up again with Krista over at Teaching Momster for her Math Madness Wednesday Linky. Her topic this week is subtraction tips and tricks.

One of my favorite apps for subtraction is called "Math Puppy"  The free version of this app works on subtraction skills.  The students find the subtraction answer to make a Bingo.  My students use this app along with the hundreds chart to find the answer.  It is a super cute app and my students love it... they begged me to download it onto all the iPads that we borrow from the reading lab.  You can find it by clicking HERE!

Another way I love to teach beginning subtraction skills is with manipulatives.  My students love Play-dough so any chance to use it is exciting.  I created this super simple freebie where students make play-dough shapes and then "smash" the number they are subtracting.  This gives them a visual of what is left (the number of play-dough pieces that aren't smashed).    They record the entire subtraction number sentence on the recording sheet!

You can grab this up for free in my store!

Don't forget to check out our Teachers for Taytum Bundles... they are only available for a short time!!

Make sure you check out the other great subtraction ideas over at Teaching Momster!

Happy Subtracting!


  1. Oh my goodness! How cute is the Smashing Subtraction idea! Kids will LOVE that idea. Thanks for linking up!

    Teaching Momster

    1. Thanks for hosting another great Math Madness Link-up!

  2. What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing Stephany. And I can't wait to check out the Math Puppy app, I'm always looking for new apps for my kindies!

    Fun in PreK-1 & Kinder


  3. Thanks for sharing!! I downloaded it and left feedback. I can't wait to let my kiddos use this. Thanks for the reminder about the units too! I may have forgotten and want to purchase at least 1!
    Keep Calm and Love First Grade

  4. Love the Subtraction Smash for a math center and so do my kindergarteners! Thank you SO much!