*Contributor: Samantha Penna. Lesson ID: 11697*

You've heard of a spelling bee? Would you like to play with a subtraction bee? That's a fun game that's part of learning how to write subtraction problems. You'll have a knock-down time as you learn!

categories

subject

Math

learning style

Kinesthetic, Visual

personality style

Lion, Beaver

Grade Level

Primary (K-2)

Lesson Type

Quick Query

How would you solve the problem below? Learn how easy it is!

The problem above is a *subtraction* problem.

In the previous **Related Lesson** in our *Beginning Subtraction* series, found in the right-hand sidebar, you learned how to subtract by crossing out objects. In this lesson, you will learn how to solve numerical subtraction problems like the one above.

Look at how the problem is written: 5 - 2 =

Let's solve this using big yellow dots.

The first thing you need to do is find the *bigger* number. Five is bigger than two, so you will start by drawing five dots in all:

Five is your bigger number. You always start by drawing out the *bigger* number in the problem. How many do you need to take away from five? Tell your parent or teacher. You can use the problem written below to help you:

That's right! The next number in the problem is 2. You need to take two away from five.

Look at the dots below. How many are crossed off? Share your answer with your parent or teacher.

That's right! *Two* dots are crossed off.

If you take away two from five, how many dots are left? Share your answer with your parent or teacher:

Did you say there were only *three *dots left? That's correct! If you take two away from five, there will only be three left. The answer to your subtraction problem is written below:

You now know a new strategy for solving written subtraction problems! Move on to the *Got It?* section to play a fun subtraction game!

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