Monthly Archives: November 2016

Take Away Games: 1st Grade Subtraction Practice

Addition can be so intuitive and then we introduce the concept of taking away. It is a harder concept and just drilling the facts over and over becomes dull real fast. So here is a little resource round up I did on subtraction games. Give them a try and let me know how it goes.

  1. Subtraction Shoots and Ladders from First Grade a la Carte. You have to know your facts to advance across the board and she groups them all by numbers. So you can work on mastering subtracting 5, then move to another number and so on. She has one group of facts that you can sample for free or you can buy the whole set for $8.

Slides and Ladders--Addition & Subtraction Facts to 20



2. Coloring pages can be a great way to add some fun to review. It also allows kids to check their own work more easily when they realize an answer doesn’t make sense on the picture. I found this owl which is a free printable. See the link below.

Owl Math Freebie Addition, subtraction, and ordering by size are all fun with this Owl Math Freebie! Simply print and go!:

Download the page here.

3. Make That Number…One Way or Another! My last resource is my favorite! I found the idea for this game on The Measured Mom but I made several changes. This game uses higher level thinking skills because their is more strategy and choice involved. Kids have to decide whether adding or subtracting the two numbers is a better option.


There are two levels. Level 1 only uses the numbers 0-5 and level 2 uses 0-9. Download the game boards below.



Try these out and let me know if you have any suggestions.