Reflection: Problem-based Approaches Story Problems Subtraction - Section 2: Direct Instruction


Kinders have a very difficult time grasping subtraction. The best way to approach the concept is to start with story problems. If the kids can visualize the story being told, they can easily learn to represent it with dots or pictures. Once they have practiced that long enough, introduce the numbers that represent the objects and record only the numbers. Once they are able to clearly connect the objects in the story to the recorded numbers, add the signs. While you are teaching this concept, emphasize the concept that in order to subtract, the story must start with the larger number. This helps to continue to develop number sense as they learn.

  Begin with story problems
  Problem-based Approaches: Begin with story problems
Loading resource...

Story Problems Subtraction

Unit 7: Take it Away! (all about subtraction)
Lesson 4 of 6

Objective: SWBAT solve subtraction story problems by using drawings.

Big Idea: In this lesson, the students learn to draw pictures to match subtraction problems in order to form a solution. They learn to listen for actions in the story that indicate the use of subtraction in order to solve the problem.

  Print Lesson
Add this lesson to your favorites
Similar Lessons
Leaves of a Different Color
Kindergarten Science » Fall
Big Idea: Collecting leaves from the playground, sorting, counting and recording data helps students practice a basic scientific skill - analyzing data.
Lexington Park, MD
Environment: Suburban
Joanne  Clapp
Criteria for Success: Story Problem
1st Grade Math » Creating a Culture of Math
Big Idea: Students learn the basics of "Modeling with Mathematics" (CCSS.MP.4) as they practice putting their thinking on paper in this beginning of year lesson.
New Orleans, LA
Environment: Urban
Amanda Cole
Farm Fun-Joining Groups
Kindergarten Math » Introduction to Addition and Subtraction
Big Idea: Students will have fun learning how to join groups with this farm themed lessons.
Cold Spring, MN
Environment: Rural
Joyce Baumann
Something went wrong. See details for more info
Nothing to upload