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In My Pond, Part 2

Let’s solve word problems! Use bath toys to create problems using subtraction. Challenge her to use the words "take away" and "equals."

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Extending this activity

  • -Representation is an important part of the pre-k learning experience. Recreate stories with subtraction, but this time write down the subtraction sentences made. This will give the young learner an opportunity to make the connection between the written numbers and words, as well as the mathematical symbols for subtraction (-) and equals (=).

    -Read the book “Splash” by Ann Jonas again. Recreate the addition and subtraction stories from the book. Record your addition and subtraction sentences on paper.

Adjust for an older child

Start with ten animals in the pond. Include more complex number sentences that include subtraction of two different animals at once. For example, “There are ten animals in my pond. Two turtles crawl out and a crocodile eats one fish. How many are in my pond?” When saying your number sentence, phrase it “10 take away 2 take away 1 equals 7.”

Adjust for a younger child

Use only five animals in the pool for a younger child. Keep your subtraction stories to just one item at a time. For example, “There are five animals in the pond and one fish swims away. How many are in the pond?”

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Number and Operations

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