Subtraction Facts to 20 – Subtraction Fact Strategy Worksheets

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Have many of the addition activities and I am excited to start to build my subtraction resources. It's great to have activities that align with the specific strategies!
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Are you looking for a set of systematic, sequential worksheets to reinforce identifying, discriminating, and applying mental strategies for computing the basic subtraction facts to 20? This comprehensive set of subtraction fact strategy worksheets for first and second grades is exactly what you need! What could be easier than this print-and-go solution?

Try these subtraction facts to 20 worksheets:

  • with your whole class
  • in your small instructional math groups
  • in your intervention or resource groups
  • for morning work, seat work, or homework

With the exception of the word problem worksheets, they are designed for either guided or independent practice.

These worksheets correlate with my subtraction fact strategy anchor charts and flashcards.

Take a closer look at everything included by clicking on the VIEW PREVIEW button above.

These sets of subtraction fact strategy worksheets are cumulative, based on students learning the previous strategies.

There are 10 subtraction fact strategies covered in this sequence:

  • Subtract Zero
  • Subtract All
  • Count Down/ Back
  • Count Up To
  • Doubles
  • Make 10
  • Bridge With 10
  • Subtract 10
  • Subtract 9
  • Subtract 8

These subtraction facts are not covered by the strategies above and are not included in this resource.

  • 12-4, 12-5, 12-7
  • 13-6, 15-7
  • 13-7
  • 13-4, 14-5, 15-6, 16-7
  • 13-5, 14-6

Beginning with the second strategy, Subtract All, these worksheets are included in each strategy set:

  • Identifying equations associated with the current strategy (coloring)
  • Discriminating between learned subtraction fact strategies (coloring)
  • Given two strategies, sort equations (cut and glue)
  • Given two sets of sorted equations, write the strategy
  • Apply learned strategies to solve equations
  • Apply learned subtraction fact strategies to solve word problems
  • Assessments (forms A and B) for strategies learned

Please note: The methods and materials for introducing each subtraction fact strategy are not included in this product.

It is also assumed you have taught addition fact mental strategies and the commutative property, i.e. flip-flop or turn around equations.

Check out this Subtraction Fact Strategy Count Up To FREE sample before purchasing!

Save money when you purchase the subtraction fact worksheets in one of these bundles!

Your purchase includes 111 usable pages to help your students master the basic subtraction facts to 20:

  • 7 pages teacher information
  • 5 pages Subtract 0
  • 10 pages Subtract All
  • 13 pages Count Down/ Back
  • 12 pages Count Up To
  • 11 pages Doubles
  • 11 pages Make 10
  • 11 pages Bridge with 10
  • 11 pages Subtract 10
  • 10 pages Subtract 9
  • 11 pages Subtract 8

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10. Use strategies such as counting on; making ten (e.g., 8 + 6 = 8 + 2 + 4 = 10 + 4 = 14); decomposing a number leading to a ten (e.g., 13 - 4 = 13 - 3 - 1 = 10 - 1 = 9); using the relationship between addition and subtraction (e.g., knowing that 8 + 4 = 12, one knows 12 - 8 = 4); and creating equivalent but easier or known sums (e.g., adding 6 + 7 by creating the known equivalent 6 + 6 + 1 = 12 + 1 = 13).
Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies. By end of Grade 2, know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers.


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