## Simple Subtraction Word Problems

#### Aligned To Common Core Standard:

**Grade 1 Operations** - 1.OA.A.1

Words That Help You Spot Subtraction In Word Problems - When it comes to mathematics, the toughest part is still word problems. Solving word problems surely seems like the biggest mountain to climb, and there seems to escape out of this confusion. The trickiest part about word problems is understanding the English words and creating a mathematical equation out of it. Once you get the hang of it, solving it seems fairly simple, but the part where you have to translate from English to Math is nearly impossible. But let's not forget that even the most difficult of all problems can be solved, and there is a solution to every problem. There are a few tips that can help you conquer word problems. All you have to do is follow a few steps. The first step requires you to thoroughly read the entire word problem. Trying to solve while you have read only a fragment of the sentence is useless. Read and understand. Second, organize things. Figure out what figure is given, what the variables are, and what figure you need to find out. Lastly, you have to look for the operation that needs to be implicated in the word problem, either addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division. Look for keywords! Here is a list of words that indicate using subtraction: Minus, less | Decreased by | Less than fewer than | Save | Comparatives | Left, leftover, after This series of worksheets and lessons helps students learn to identify words that indicate subtract will take place in a word problem.

### Printable Worksheets And Lessons

- Straight Problems Step-by-Step Lesson- A true breakdown of the problem to the basic elements of it. Drawing pictures helps too!
- Guided Lesson - Some of the integers used in this might be more geared toward second graders.
- Guided Lesson Explanation - I like to abbreviate a few times in here. Most kids pick up on it quick.
- Practice Worksheet - I packed a ton of useless information into these problems to see if they can find the proper keys to questions.
- Matching Worksheet - Again, some of the integers used here might be more second or third grade level.
- Worksheet Five Pack - I cut the problems down to their bare essentials here. These are outlined word problems.
- Word Problems Five Set of Worksheet - These questions are right on par for this grade level, unlike some of the others.

#### Guided Lessons

We breakdown single problems to provide extra support.

- Guided Lesson 1 - Teachers do these word problems in their head everyday.
- Guided Lesson Explanation 2 - The notebook inventory.
- Guided Lesson Explanation 3 - Dennis has a lot of pencils to share.
- Guided Explanation 4 - The baker and her cookies.
- Step-by-Step Lesson 1 - Help Geri with his big candy dilemma.

#### Practice Worksheets

I made these very clear and straight forward. If you have any trouble with the wording, let me know.

- Worksheet 1 - I keep the numbers small here.
- Beginning Subtraction Word Problems: Worksheet 2 - I use slightly larger numbers than the last sheet.
- Outlined Subtraction Word Problems: Worksheet 1- Less words and more processes are going on her.
- Outlined Subtraction Word Problems: Worksheet 2 - These are great for students with poor comprehension skills. I will help them keep up.

### How to outline a simple math word problem?

Here are some steps that you can follow to outline a simple math problem: Read the entire problem at least 3 times. Take a quick scan on your very first attempt, and then the remaining two will be very slow so that you can gather important information hidden within the question. Try to make a pictorial representation of the problem. It will make the information more sensible and real to you. Use the information that you have gathered to make a table where the blank portions indicate all the information which is still unknown. Assign some kind of variable or letter for all the unknown data. It will allow you to make an equation. Translate the English terms in the form of a mathematical equation. It is one of the main issues in word problems that the problem is not expressed in a mathematical equation. Check if the equation you made makes any sense and is the equation using all the information mentioned. Use mathematic rules to solve the equation. Check your answer(s) to see if they make sense according to what information was provided. Cross-check your answers by using the answer in place of the information that was previously unknown.