Saturday, April 28, 2012

Subtraction Buddies

It's that time of year again - addition and subtraction! This year, my Kindergarteners made Subtraction Buddies to help us take things away. They had a blast! They designed their own buddies and named them. The next day, I let them choose a table with the manipulatives they wanted to work with (dinosaurs, bears, various different counters) and they worked out their subtraction problems by having their Subtraction Buddies eat the manipulatives. It was a great visual for the students to physically see things being taken away and they had fun working!

I gave them each a paper bag and set out construction paper, googly eyes, and yarn and let them go at it. Here are some examples:

Here is the sheet they used to record down their answers. 

You can grab the PDF version here and the Word version here.

Hope this helps your kiddos better understand this concept!

  • Clip art licensed from the Clip Art Gallery on


Alessia Albanese said...

LOVE this! Thanks, Judy! I'm actually starting subtraction tomorrow and I think this is perfect!

ΡΌ Alessia
Mrs. Albanese’s Kindergarten Class

Mrs. Anderson said...

This is an EXCELLENT idea!! I like the idea of having the kids create the munching puppet. What a great "hands-on" way to teach substraction. Love it!
Thanks for the freebie!

Jessica said...

Ooohhh I love this! I'm going to make this a center this week! Thank you so much!


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Sheila said...

This is a great idea to use for subtraction. My kinders "got" addition but subtraction is so difficult for them. Thanks for the idea. Can't wait to use next year!

Arch Ryan said...

Love it!! I usually teach them subtraction by giving them sweets and getting them to count them and eat a certain number. This would be a great follow on lesson and love the way it can be linked to Aart!

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