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Subtraction Word Problems


Today we will be practising solving subtraction word problems. I would like you to calculate the answers by using column subtraction.


Have a look at the posters below to remind yourself how to use the column method and how to set out your work.




Remember to think carefully when subtracting a 2-digit number from a 3-digit number. Make sure you line up the hundreds, tens and ones correctly. Look at this example below:


                        343 - 18 =          


Choose one or more of the below Challenge Choices to complete.


Spicy: Problems involving adding 2-digit numbers with no regrouping

Hot & Spicy: Problems involving subtracting 2-digit numbers with some regrouping

Mega Hot: Problems involving subtracting 2-digit numbers with  regrouping

Are You Nuts?!: Problems involving subtracting 2- and 3-digit numbers with regrouping

Extension: Problems involving adding 3-digit numbers with regrouping