Thirsty for Subtraction

As my students were writing subtraction word problems using certain criteria I’d given them, one said, “I’m thirsty doing all this math madness!”

I used the left over sums from our addition strategies activity (see last post) for another math madness lesson. On the card I listed a person (or animal), a place, and things to be subtracted. The assignment: write a subtraction word problem, solve it, and write the subtraction sentence. The number on the back of the card had to be the greatest number in the problem and 5 was the minimum number of things to subtract. We had so much fun!

Side 1 of the card with person, place, and thing:


Side 2 of the card with the problem’s greatest number:


A completed subtraction word problem:


How cute is that?!




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