I was privileged to be able to introduce subtraction to a first grade classroom. We had a very simple, but very effective lesson while I was there and I wanted to share it with you!
After our story it was time for the minilesson. We used these simple word problems that had pictures for us to use to solve.
I showed the class a subtraction word problem. They each had a subtraction mat, 10 poms, and a small cup. Students placed the beginning number in their square. In this problem there are ten butterflies, so they placed ten poms in their square.
Then we moved poms into the cup to show them being taken away. Since four butterflies flew away, we placed four of the poms from the square into the cup. Then, we wrote our subtraction equation.
Here’s how that looked in action:
Using the dry erase pockets allowed us to do several problems together. They wipe off so nicely and make for a quick clean up!
They were super focused during our minilesson!
After our minilesson we completed our Spin and Subtract mini-booklet.
Students spun to find how many objects to take away on each page. They showed their work by crossing those objects out on their picture.
This class has come so far since the first time I visited in August. I’m always impressed on how much more independent they are becoming!
During independent practice students completed a quick “How Many Now?” sheet.
I’m telling ya…I was so impressed with how hard they worked and how well they did!
Before I go, I wanted to share a subtraction chant with you! You can grab the chant HERE
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