What's the Difference?

What's the difference.... between two numbers? Play this fun game to get students talking and practicing subtraction. Use this scaffolded EL lesson plan alone or alongside **Subtraction Card Sharks.**
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Subtraction Card Sharks lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Subtraction Card Sharks lesson plan.

Objectives

Students will be able to find the difference between two whole numbers by subtracting within ten.

Language

Students will be able to describe the steps to solve for the difference between two whole numbers with academic vocabulary using manipulatives, and partner support.

Introduction

(5 minutes)
• Show students a deck of playing cards and ask them to give a thumbs up if they have seen cards before.
• Tell students to turn and talk to a partner to name a familiar card game. Provide the sentence frame, "I have played the card game ________." If students have never played a card game, instruct them to shake their head no and say, "I have never played a card game."
• Choose a few students to name and describe a favorite card game.
• Describe a deck of cards by writing the four suites on the board with a sketch: hearts, diamonds, clubs, spades.
• Show students a card, for example the two of diamonds. Point out the number two, and count the diamonds.
• Show students the ace of hearts, and tell them that this card is special, and has an "A" instead of a number in the corner to stand for "ace." Ask students how many hearts they see on the card (one).
• Tell students that today they will use cards and counters to play a math game. The aces will stand for "one" in the game.

Subtraction 2

13 games
1 song video
1 interactive story
5 printable worksheets