Teaching students the WHY before the PROCEDURE when learning a new math concept is essential. I am a firm believer that teachers owe it to their students to teach them multiple ways to solve math problems. We all learn concepts in different ways and math is no different. We are now into our subtraction with regrouping unit this week. This is a skill that can be taught using a variety of strategies. My favorite strategies are provided through the use of video tutorials below. Be sure to grab the freebie and links to subtraction with regrouping resources!
At the beginning of our subtraction with regrouping, we ALWAYS start with manipulatives. Personally, I prefer the unifix cubes over the base ten blocks because the unifix cubes can be pulled apart when there is a need to regroup. Take a look at how I use unifix cubes to teach subtraction with regrouping.
Don’t forget to grab your FREE Place Value Mat that you saw used in the video tutorial above. A quick tip that my students find helpful is to have your students highlight the ones place. This will draw their eyes to the part of the problem that needs to be solved first.
I have included four more strategies that I use to teach my students subtraction with regrouping. You just never know what is going to “stick” with them!
Stretch It Out Method
Open Number Lines
If you are looking for some subtraction with regrouping resources to help your students practice this skill, check out the resources below.
Download Math Resources HERE
Check out these posts for more math tips & tricks:
- Ideas for Teaching Addition & Subtraction Within 1,000
- How to Use Worksheets to Support Mastery of 3-Digit Subtraction With Regrouping
Don’t forget to download the Subtraction Anchor Chart . This student anchor chart template was created for your students to follow along with the conversations when learning about subtraction vocabulary words. As you teach each word and its meaning, your students will be drawing their representation of the word on their paper.
Lucky to Learn Math Units on Subtraction
Subtraction with regrouping is a skill that will take time and practice to develop. Using our Lucky to Learn Math Curriculum as a guide, students can work collaboratively and independently to succeed! Check out the Build a Playground activity in unit 3.16. Students will let their imaginations run wild as they think up their dream playground, and work to use subtraction with regrouping strategies to stay on budget!
Download Subtraction Anchor Chart HERE