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Subtraction by Counting Back


Videos and songs to help Kindergarten and Grade 1 kids learn to relate counting to addition and subtraction (e.g., by counting on 2 to add 2).

Common Core: 1.OA.5

Learning Targets:

  • I can subtract by counting back, counting up from, and recognizing the -1 means the number before, and -2 means the number that is two numbers before in the counting sequence.
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More Lessons for Grade 1

Common Core for Grade 1

Addition & Subtraction Strategies: Count On +1 and Count Back -1.

Count Back 3 Subtraction Facts
Help students to practise counting backwards from a starting number, saying the next two numbers as a whisper, then the third number loudly. A number line will help students to become more confident with counting forwards and backwards.

Counting Back and Counting Up: a Mental Math Subtraction Strategy
Counting back and counting up are generally the first strategies that students are introduced to when learning subtraction. This video outlines the basic ideas behind counting back and counting up, as well as introduces several techniques for teaching.

Subtraction -1
Learn and practice subtracting 1 in this cool Math song for kids!


Subtraction -2 Math Song
Learn Subtraction, minus 2 in this easy and fun Math Song!

Subtract by Counting Back.

Subtract by Counting Back

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