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Subtracting with Objects

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In this Video on Subtraction with Objects for Kindergarten

Mr. Squeaks and Imani have a terrible problem on their hands! They accidentally brought back a dinosaur egg on another time travel adventure! Now that the egg has hatched, the little guy is hungry! Imani and Squeaks started the week off with five trees but the dino gobbled down two. Later on, the dino chomped down four of their eight shrubs. In this video, Mr. Squeaks and Imani learn how much is left by subtracting with objects.

What is Subtraction with Objects?

Subtracting means taking away one number from another number to find out how many are left. When we subtract with objects, we use touchable things to take the place of the bigger, first number we are subtracting from.This helps us see what happens when we take away an amount from what we first had. In math, we use lots of touchable objects to help us represent numbers like counters, place value blocks, and math cubes. In this video, we use math cubes to help Mr. Squeaks and Imani subtract.

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Let’s try an example. Right after hatching, Baby Dino gobbled down two of the five trees outside. If we solve five minus two, how many trees are left? To start, we use math cubes to show the bigger, first number, five.

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Then, we look at the second, smaller number, two. This tells us to take away, or subtract, two cubes from the five that we have.

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Now, count the ones that are left. Three cubes remain, so the answer is three. We write it next to the equal sign.

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Summary of Steps: Subtraction with Objects

To subtract with objects:

  • Begin by using math cubes to take the place of the first, larger number.

  • Then, look at the second, smaller number, to know how many cubes to take away.

  • Finally, count the cubes that are left and write your answer next to the equal sign.

Practice: Represent Subtraction with Objects Worksheets

Have you practiced with any subtraction with objects worksheets yet? On this website, you can also find subtraction worksheets with objects.

Transcript Subtracting with Objects

Mr. Squeaks and Imani have a terrible problem on their hands, they accidentally brought back a dinosaur egg on another time travel adventure! The egg hatched and this little guy is hungry! Imani and Mr. Squeaks started the week off with five trees but the dino gobbled down two! And he keeps on eating!! Let's teach Mr. Squeaks and Imani all about, "Subtracting with Objects", to help them figure out how many plants they have left! Subtracting means taking away one number from another number to find out how many are left. When we subtract with objects, we use touchable things to take the place of the bigger, first number we are subtracting from. This helps us see what happens when we take away an amount from what we first had. In math, we use lots of touchable objects to help us represent numbers like: counters, place value blocks, and math cubes. Today we will use math cubes to help Mr. Squeaks and Imani. Right after hatching, Baby Dino gobbled down two of the five trees outside. If we solve five minus two, how many trees are left? Let's try subtracting with objects to help! To start, we use math cubes to show the bigger, first number, five. Then, we look at the second, smaller number, two. This tells us to take away, or subtract, two cubes from the five that we have. Now, count the cubes that are left: one, two, three! Three is the answer, so we write it next to the equal sign. There are three trees left. Next, Baby Dino chomped down four of the eight bushes! If we solve eight minus four, how many bushes are left? Begin by using math cubes to show the bigger, first number, eight. Then, we look at the second, smaller number, four. This tells us to take away, or subtract, four cubes from the eight that we have. Now, let's count the cubes that are left one, two, three, four! Four is the answer, so we write it next to the equal sign. There are four bushes left. Oh no! It looks like the little guy has nibbled off five of the ten ferns now. Let's figure out how many ferns are left if we solve ten minus five. How many math cubes do we need to show the first number? Ten! Now, look at the second number. How many math cubes do we need to take away? Five! What number do we get when we count the cubes that are left? Five! Finally, write five after the equal sign. While Mr. Squeaks and Imani hatch a plan to take back their little friend, let's remember! Today we learned about subtracting with objects. Subtracting means taking away one number from another number to find how many are left. When we subtract with objects, we use touchable things to take the place of the bigger, first number we are subtracting from. To subtract with objects: Use math cubes to take the place of the first, larger number. Then, look at the second, smaller number, to know how many cubes to take away. Finally, count the cubes that are left and write your answer next to the equal sign. "Oh thank goodness this plan worked!" "He nearly ate us out of house and home!" "You mean he nearly ate our house and our home!"

Subtracting with Objects exercise

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  • What is subtraction?

    Hints

    When we subtract we start with a bigger number and end with a smaller number.

    Here is an example of a subtraction problem.

    Solution

    Subtracting means taking one number away from another number to find out how many are left.

    5 - 2 = 3

  • How many leaves are left?

    Hints

    There were 7 leaves to start with. Can you find 7 objects to help you? What do you do next?

    Once you have 7 objects, you need to take 5 away, how many are left now?

    For example, if there were 5 leaves to start with and 3 were eaten, there would be 2 left.

    Solution

    There are 2 leaves left.

    7 - 5 = 2

  • Can you solve the problems?

    Hints

    Look at the first number in the number sentence. This is the amount of cubes there should be altogether.

    Look at the second number in the number sentence. This is the amount of cubes that are crossed off or taken away.

    For example, if we were solving 4 - 1 = we would start with 4 cubes and take 1 away.

    Solution

    Here we can see the sets of cubes that match each number sentence.

    • The first number in the number sentence is the total number of cubes.
    • The second number in the number sentence is the number of cubes crossed out or taken away.
    • The number of cubes left is the answer.
    Answers
    • 7 - 4 = 3
    • 9 - 2 = 7
    • 9 - 6 = 3
    • 6 - 3 = 3

  • The day the pterodactyl visited.

    Hints

    Can you write a subtraction problem for each question? How many were there to begin with? How many were taken away?

    For example, in the first problem there were 9 fish to begin with and 7 were eaten so we are solving 9 - 7 = ?.

    Can you gather some objects to help you to solve each problem? If not, use the pictures to help you.

    Solution

    In a pond, Terry found 9 fish and ate 7 of them. There were only 2 left. 9 - 7 = 2

    Terry then went searching for insects. He found 11 on the ground and ate 8! There were 3 left. 11 - 8 = 3

    Imani tried to offer Terry 6 nails. After a little while Imani returned for the plate and found 6 nails on it. Terry ate 0 nails. 6 - 0 = 6

    To say thank you, Terry decided to leave Mr. Squeaks and Imani 8 flowers, but unfortunately 5 blew away! They were left with 3 flowers. 8 - 5 = 3

  • How many trees are left?

    Hints

    How many trees did the dinosaur eat? This is the number of trees you need to subtract.

    How many trees do you have left that are not highlighted? This is the correct answer.

    Solution

    There were 2 trees left.

    • To solve 6 - 4, we start with 6 trees and highlight 4 (the ones the dinosaur ate).
    • We are then left with 2 trees.
    6 - 4 = 2
  • Find the correct answer.

    Hints

    Can you gather some objects to help you?

    What is the first number in the number sentence? Start with this many objects.

    What is the second number in the number sentence? Take away or subtract this many.

    For example, if we were solving 7 - 6 =, we would start with 7 cubes and then take 6 away. 1 cube is left so that is the answer. 7 - 6 = 1.

    Solution

    2

    • 7 - 5 = 2
    • 8 - 6 = 2
    • 3 - 1 = 2
    3
    • 8 - 5 = 3
    • 10 - 7 = 3
    • 3 - 0 = 3
    4
    • 10 - 6 = 4
    • 7 - 3 = 4
    • 5 - 1 = 4