February 08, 2016

The Easy Way to do Subtraction

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Subtraction in Third Grade - Not as easy as it looks! 


There are parts I love about teaching.  Reading? Writing?  Speaking?  All over those!  Creative centers and integreated learning? Check and check!

But math?  Ugh.  That is my achilles heel.  I have to work extra hard to make sure that my students are getting the best possible math education.  Finding strategies that work for everyone just does not come easy for me.

Am I alone in this?

I spend my evenings on Pinterest, and reading other blogs about strategies that work for other teachers, and I try to implement them in my classroom.  I desperately want my kiddos to succeed.

Recently, our math curriculum introduced subtraction with missing numbers.  Boy, were we lost.  Do we add?  Do we subtract?  What is the question even asking.  There are so many times when the materials we have (especially the text book), just is not enough!



So I started from scratch.  I made new worksheets, new posters, and a new "cheat sheet" to help guide my confused bunch of third graders.  After a bunch of repeated practice... I think we have it!  Praise the Lord!

So, I am sharing it with you.  Use it, try it, let me know if it helps your kids to master this concept.  Although this is available on Teachers Pay Teachers for $3.25, blog readers can have it for free when they sign up for my mailing list.  Once you sign up, a link with the unit will come straight to your inbox.  I promise not to spam your mailbox (nobody likes multiple e-mails a month, or even a week!), but it's a great way for us to stay caught up, and for me to send more free lessons and units your way.

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- Rachel

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