# No Prep: Valentine's Day Subtraction (2 Digit / 3 Digit Differentiated Practice)

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I have created this festive activity for my kiddos to practice subtraction during the love month of February! This activity is focused on using the Place Value strategy, NOT the algorithm! One of the strategies I introduce to my second graders, is using Place Value to help solve 2 digit and 3 digit subtraction number sentences. They simply draw the base ten blocks for the first number in the number sentence, then break a part base tens, as needed, in order to "borrow" and subtract the second number in the number sentence. (Drawing the base tens is easy: a "box" for hundreds, a "line" for tens, and a " dot" for ones). This approach introduces what will be the algorithm in the future, but ensures that your students will grasp exactly what it means to borrow". They must understand the connection and relationship between the numbers they are working with! In addition, I have created 3 separate worksheets, intended to be copied front/back, or if it is too many problems (because they do take some time to solve), you can simply copy the front only.

Pages 1 and 2, focus on 2 digit subtraction.
Pages 3 and 4, focus on 3 digit subtraction, but only using numbers in the 100's.
Pages 5 and 6, focus on 3 digit subtraction, using larger numbers up to 500.

Hopefully this makes perfect sense, and your kiddos will have great success! It is an enriching and challenging! I have differentiated to help you utilize how you see fit with your students!

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