 # Subtraction with zeros

Videos, examples, and solutions to help Grade 2 students learn how to subtract across zeros (i.e. the first number in the subtraction or the minuend has zeros).

The following diagrams show how to subtract from numbers with zeros. Scroll down the page for more examples and solutions. How to subtract with regrouping across zeros using Base-10 Blocks?
Example:
500 − 267 = ?

How to subtract across zero and regrouping using Base-10 Blocks?
Example:
202 − 138 = ?

How to subtract across zeros using Base-10 blocks?
200 − 63 = ?

How to subtract across zero (3 digits – 3 digits)?
Example:
500 − 234 = ?
400 − 138 = ?
602 − 347 = ?
806 − 327 = ?
408 − 192 = ?
800 − 365 = ?
704 − 536 = ?

How to subtract across a zero (4 digits – 4 digits)?
Example:
1,500 − 1,132 = ?
8,200 − 5,777 = ?

How to subtract with borrowing (4 digits – 4 digits)?
Subtracting large numbers can be easy when you take it step-by-step
Example:
8,006 − 2,537 = ?

How to subtract with zeros (4 digits – 4 digits)?
Example:
4,000 − 1,165 = ?

Subtraction Box Trick
Math tutorial on regrouping from zeros using the box trick
Example:
406 − 89 = ?
8,000 − 256 = ?
3,052 − 1,826 = ?
4,008 − 2,475 = ?
2,005 − 1,876 = ?
2,006 − 1,455 = ?

How to Subtract Across Zeros (4 digits – 3 digits)?
Learn how to subtract when the top number has zeros in it.
Example:
5,004 − 859 = ?
7,000,001 − 1,422 = ?

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