Math Addition Subtraction Strategies Reference 20 Posters 2 Versions

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This comprehensive collection of 20 posters will help students use and practice core math strategies for both addition and subtraction. Post these math reference posters on the wall for students' reference during math lessons, or print a poster with all the strategies for individual student math folders. These can also be printed smaller to make math strategy cards.

*NOTE: By request, I have included 2 color versions of the entire set of posters to choose from. One is pastel colors for low-stimulation response, and the other is darker more bold colors that can be more easily seen from farther away. Choose which version works best for you!

The set includes:

  • 9 single page math strategies for addition
  • 9 single page math strategies for subtraction
  • 1 single page reference poster with all addition strategies
  • 1 single page reference poster with all subtraction strategies
  • 1 blank poster to add your own strategies after printing

Addition Strategies Included:

  1. Adding with zero
  2. Draw a Picture
  3. Use Tally Marks
  4. Use a number line
  5. Commutative Properties
  6. Counting On
  7. Friends of Ten
  8. Doubles
  9. Ten Frames

Subtraction Strategies Included:

  1. Subtracting zero
  2. Subtracting one
  3. Draw a picture
  4. Use a number line
  5. Subtract with Friends of Ten
  6. Count back
  7. Subtract the same number (always equals zero)
  8. Subtract Ten From Teen Numbers
  9. Subtraction with doubles

You can see ALL math resources listed on one page by clicking HERE.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Fluently add and subtract within 5.
For any number from 1 to 9, find the number that makes 10 when added to the given number, e.g., by using objects or drawings, and record the answer with a drawing or equation.
Decompose numbers less than or equal to 10 into pairs in more than one way, e.g., by using objects or drawings, and record each decomposition by a drawing or equation (e.g., 5 = 2 + 3 and 5 = 4 + 1).
Solve addition and subtraction word problems, and add and subtract within 10, e.g., by using objects or drawings to represent the problem.
Represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images, drawings, sounds (e.g., claps), acting out situations, verbal explanations, expressions, or equations.


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