Polly Plus and Mikey Minus help students differentiate between addition and subtraction. Students can use Polly and Mikey to help identify important words in word problems. These also help students use correct math language.
I included a large teacher version as well as student versions. The student versions are available in color or black & white.
I made Polly on green paper so students associate addition with more. I made Mikey red so students can associate subtraction with less. I cut card stock in half and taped the pieces together (see picture for example). I leave these posted throughout the year and students slowly start recalling the math vocabulary.