This week: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, we will continue our work with subtraction. I taught them how to use pictures AND cubes to help us with our subtraction problems. Using two different methods, gives them a chance to double check their work. Sometimes we draw too many or too little circles and if we have cubes to help us double check that will just help! Story problems come into play this week, as well as comparing. This tends to be tricky because it sounds like it's an adding problem. We will work on tons of story problems this week (stories about taking away, stories about missing parts, stories about comparing etc.).
For example, Ted had nine apples, Sarah had five. How many more apples does Ted have than Sara?
We will do a lot of work with this, using pictures, cubes and talking about the language of the story problems. We will also talk about the addition connection, some have already got it!