Motivate young students to learn subtraction facts by providing them with engaging, hands-on ways to practice them.
This file contains printable 3-piece puzzles that feature a subtraction equation in the left side piece, its difference in the middle piece, and a picture of a corresponding number of objects in the right side piece. The left side piece is interchangeable to include the variety of subtraction equations that have the same difference. For instance, the left side piece that has 10-2 is the same shape as the left side pieces that have 9-1 and 8-0.
This file also contains blank template pieces to make two new unique puzzles.
*Tip: If you laminate the blank puzzle pieces before you cut them out, they can be used as mini dry-erase boards. This allows you and your students to write and piece together new equations. ("If this right side piece has this many dots on it, what could the equation on the left piece be? What would the number look like?" or, "If this equation is 10-2, how many dots would you make on the right side piece?")
Don't forget: If you want to adjust the size of the puzzle pieces, select printer options such as scale and "fit to page." I always recommend that you print my reusable activities in color ink on card stock and laminate them before you cut them out! The images really "pop" and the product is much more durable that way.
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