More ways to practice and play with subtraction:
- Talk about examples of subtraction that you see in your home life. (ie. At the dinner: "I have 8 beans on my plate. I eat one. Now I have 7. 8 minus one is 7).
- Make up subtraction stories.
- Play "What's hiding?" by gathering a small collection of objects (coins, beads, noodles...). Show a total (whole) then take some away and hide them behind your back or under a bowl or paper. Ask you first grader, "what's hiding?" Repeat with totals 10 or fewer.
- Play with playing cards or dice: Roll/reveal numbers. Subtract to find the difference.
- Play Ballon Pop Subtraction: http://www.abcya.com/subtraction_game.htm