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Examples, solutions, and videos to help Grade 4 students use place value understanding to decompose to smaller units once using the standard subtraction algorithm, and apply the algorithm to solve word problems using tape diagrams.

Common Core Standards: 4.OA.3, 4.NBT.4, 4.NBT.1, 4.NBT.2

New York State Common Core Math Grade 4, Module 1, Lesson 13

Common Core Math Grade 4, Module 1, Lesson 13 Worksheets (pdf)

NYS Math Module 1 Grade 4 Lesson 13 Concept Development

Problem 1:
Use a place value chart and disks to model subtracting alongside the algorithm, regrouping 1 hundred into 10 tens.
4,259 – 2,171 =
Problem 2:
Regroup 1 thousand into 10 hundreds using the subtraction algorithm.
23,422 – 11,510 =
Repeat for 29,014 – 7,503.
Problem 3:
Solve a subtraction application problem, regrouping 1 ten thousand into 10 thousands. The paper mill produced 73,658 boxes of paper. 8,052 boxes have been sold. How many boxes remain?
Repeat with: The library has 50,819 books. 4,506 are checked out. How many books remain in the library? Problem 1: Use a place value chart and disks to model subtracting alongside the algorithm, regrouping 1 hundred into 10 tens.
4,259 – 2,171 = Problem 2: Regroup 1 thousand into 10 hundreds using the subtraction algorithm.
23,422 – 11,510 =
Use Place Value Chart Use Standard Algorithm



NYS Math Module 1 Grade 4 Lesson 13 Problem Set

1. Use the standard algorithm to solve the following subtraction problems.
a. 7,525 - 3,502 =
d. 4,625 - 435 = Directions: Draw a tape diagram to represent each problem. Use numbers to solve and write your answer as a statement. Check your answers.
2. What number must be added to 13,875 to result in a sum of 25,884? 4. During the month of March, 68,025 pounds of king crab were caught. If 15,614 pounds were caught in the first week of March, how many pounds were caught in the rest of the month?

NYS Math Grade 4, Module 1, Lesson 13, Homework

1. Use the standard algorithm to solve the following subtraction problems.
2. What number must be added to 14,056 to result in a sum of 32,713?
Directions: Draw a tape diagram to model each problem. Use numbers to solve and write your answers as a statement. Check your answers.
3. An elementary school collected 1,705 bottles for a recycling program. A high school also collected some bottles. Both schools collected 3,627 bottles combined. How many bottles did the high school collect?
4. A computer shop sold $356,291 worth of computers and accessories. It sold $43,720 worth of accessories. How much did the computer shop sell in computers?
5. The population of a city is 538,381. In that population, 148,170 are children.
a. How many adults live in the city?
b. 186,101 of the adults are males. How many adults are female?

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