This page provides information to support educators and families in teaching K-3 students about basic subtraction. It is designed to complement the Basic Subtraction topic page on BrainPOP Jr.

Classes revisit and build on subtraction year after year, so the extent of what your children already know will vary. Though this movie addresses basic subtraction, BrainPOP Jr. plans on launching movies about more advanced subtraction, including two-digit numbers and regrouping. It is important for your children to understand that there are many different ways to subtract, such as drawing pictures; using counters, number lines, or hundreds charts; counting back; and using related fact families. Encourage your children to explore using concrete objects and different strategies, and provide plenty of opportunities for your children to use mental math during the day.

Remind your children that when you subtract, you find the difference between numbers by taking one away from the other. The answer to a subtraction problem is called the difference. Your children can employ different strategies to solve subtraction sentences, such as drawing pictures, using counters, or using number lines. They can also count back. Explain that they should start with the larger number and then count back the smaller number. For example, to solve the number sentence 6 – 2, they start with 6 and count back 2: 5, 4. Therefore, 6 – 2 = 4.