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This new site feature allows users to choose from our hundreds of engaging learning games and exercises to create assignments for students. See below for details and simple instructions on how to use this exciting new feature.
How to Assign Games or Exercises
- You've selected a game or exercise to assign.
- From here, you have two options: Add the game or exercise to a new assignment, or add to an existing assignment.
- If you're creating a new assignment, give it a name. Adding a description or due date is optional. Click "Next".
- Select the child(ren) you want to send this assignment to, then click "Done". You will see a confirmation message once it has been successfully assigned.
How Children Can Access Their Assignments
- Your students can log in through your Pro membership log-in, or at learn.education.com by entering the Classroom Mode code.
- Once your child selects their profile, they will land on our main menu where they will see available assignments and due dates (if applicable).
- To complete the assignments, students click on the games or exercises listed on the assignment page, play, learn, and have fun!
- The main menu also allows students to see their progress in each individual game and exercise in the assignment.
Track Assignment ProgressAs your child completes each assignment, you'll be able to track their performance in the Assignments tab of our Progress Tracker. You'll also be able to make edits to assignments from here, like removing games or exercises, or changing the due date.
Students will be able to count back to find the difference.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Write large numbers 1 through 10 on construction paper and give 10 students one number to hold in front of the class.
- Write the subtraction sentence "7 - 5" on the board.
- Ask the student who is holding the number 7 to hold it up high.
- Then ask students which direction should we go to subtract 5.
- Once students agree to count back, ask the child holding the number 6 to step forward.
- Next ask the student holding the number 5 to step forward. Continue these steps until 5 students have stepped forward.
- Write "2" to complete the subtraction sentence "7 - 5= 2."
- Tell students that today they're going to learn about counting back to find the difference.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (5 minutes)
- Read aloud the following word problem: "Josh has 9 pencils. He gives 4 pencils away. How many pencils does Josh have left?"
- Introduce the number line to model the word problem.
- Show how to start at the first number, 9, and count back by the second number, 4.
- Repeat the activity for 8 - 3 = 5 and 6 - 4 = 2.
- Tell students that the number you end on is the difference.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Cut the number line sheet into strips.
- Distribute a number line and a copy of the Subtraction worksheet for each child.
- Help students work through the first problem.
- Have students put a finger on the first number and count back moving each step on the number line.
- Work through the first three problems as a class.
Independent Working Time (10 minutes)
- Have students work through the exercises on the worksheet independently.
- Enrichment: For advanced students, let them complete the exercises independently without the number line.
- Support: For students who need support, help them to use the number line in a small group or one on one setting.
Assessment (5 minutes)
- Observe students as they use the number line or any other strategy to subtract basic facts.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Ask students to explain how you find the difference for 11 - 6.