Subtraction Worksheets and Printables

Subtraction worksheets are a great resource for students who need extra practice with this math skill. Our printable subtraction worksheets help kids work through math problems at their own pace to learn and reinforce what they're studying in school. Kids will have fun as they work through subtraction math riddles, subtracting using a number line, and more advanced subtraction that requires regrouping. All subtraction worksheets offer clear instructions and colorful drawings to guide kids through the activities independently or with an adult. Our subtraction worksheets are designed for students with a wide range of abilities, from preschool through fifth grade.
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Valentine's Day Early Subtraction Valentine's Day Early Subtraction Try pairing learning with a holiday theme, like this Valentine's Day simple subtraction worksheet!
Beginner Subtraction for Valentine's Day Beginner Subtraction for Valentine's Day Bunnies and bonbons make subtraction learning a little more fun whether you're introducing the concept of taking away or looking for more practice for your kid!
Inverse Subtraction Practice Inverse Subtraction Practice Your child will practice subtraction, by using inverse operations.
Complete the Fact Family Complete the Fact Family Have your child complete the fact family. He will hone his math skills while making connections between addition and subtraction.
Bye Bye Butterflies! Bye Bye Butterflies! Have your preschooler practice simple subtraction by crossing out the butterflies and counting how many are left.
Fact Family Mix Up Fact Family Mix Up Your student will need glue and scissors to put these fact family houses back together.
Domino Number Sentence Domino Number Sentence Have your student add the domino dots to build fact family number sentences.
Domino Fact Families Domino Fact Families Kids will add the domino dots and use the results to create a domino fact family.
Fact Family Game: Hunting for Fact Families Fact Family Game: Hunting for Fact Families Kids will practice hunting down fact families with this fact family game.
Fact Family Search Fact Family Search Your child will exercise his searching skills by finding the fact families with numbers 25-50 hidden within the puzzle game.
Gather the Fact Family Equations Gather the Fact Family Equations Gather the fact family equations hidden in the puzzle to complete the fact family.
Multiple Choice Math: Subtraction Multiple Choice Math: Subtraction This third grade subtraction worksheet will challenge your child to complete the multiple choice problems.
Elevations: Word Problems Elevations: Word Problems Students practice addition and subtraction with these elevation word problems. Students will reference back to the elevations chart in order to solve them.
Elevations: Challenging Word Problems Elevations: Challenging Word Problems Your child will hone his math skills with these 3rd grade multiple step word problems.
Rivers: Easy Math Word Problems Rivers: Easy Math Word Problems Help them figure out how many miles they have kayaked with these easy math word problems for kids.
Shorelines: Basic Addition and Subtraction Word Problems Shorelines: Basic Addition and Subtraction Word Problems Your child will practice solving basic addition and subtraction word problems in order to help these guys out.
Subtraction worksheets are a great resource for students who need extra practice with this math skill. Our printable subtraction worksheets help kids work through math problems at their own pace to learn and reinforce what they're studying in school. Kids will have fun as they work through subtraction math riddles, subtracting using a number line, and more advanced subtraction that requires regrouping. All subtraction worksheets offer clear instructions and colorful drawings to guide kids through the activities independently or with an adult. Our subtraction worksheets are designed for students with a wide range of abilities, from preschool through fifth grade.

How to Teach Subtraction

Subtraction can be tricky for young learners, but with a little help and some fun subtraction worksheets, even the youngest mathematician can learn how to subtract. Try these helpful tips to get your child comfortable with subtraction:

  • Talk to your child about what the word "minus" means. If we say four "minus" two, we mean that we're taking away two from the number four. When you say "minus," you are subtracting, or taking away, from a number.
  • Use some visual aids to help illustrate the concept of subtraction for your child. Use counters, such as pieces of cereal or marbles, to show your child what subtraction looks like. For the equation 4 - 2 = 2, lay out four counters. Allow your child to count the entire number of counters displayed before showing your child that you are going to subtract two by taking them away. Have your child count the number of remaining counters to discover the answer to the equation.
  • Once you've tried a few subtraction problems with your child using counters, have your child try a problem from one of the subtraction worksheets using the counters. Supervise this process and lend assistance when needed.
  • Make sure to praise your child for his efforts and encourage regular subtraction practice. You can use any of our fun subtraction worksheets with your child to further your practice.