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Welcome to the 2nd Grade Math Salamanders Subtraction Worksheets.

Here you will find our selection of free subtraction sheets to help your child learn their subtraction facts and also to learn how to subtract numbers in columns.

This page contains links to other Math webpages where you will find a range of Math activities and resources.

Each webpage has a short description of what the page is about and the math learning it covers.

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Subtraction Learning

Subtraction is a process which most children learn quite naturally as soon as they learn to start counting. During kindergarten and first grade, it is really important for kids to have the chance to work practically with their math.

An example might be that a child has 10 sweets. They give 3 to their teddy. How many do they have left? What if they gave another to their teddy? What if their teddy had 8 sweets, how many would be left for them?

Later on, when children are confident Subtracting practically, they can progress on to number lines or counting back in their heads. When children have understood this, they can begin to learn their Subtraction facts and progress on to column Subtraction.

During Second Grade, children should be learning the following mental subtraction skills:

  • learning their subtraction facts to 20;
  • subtracting 1, 10 or 100 from any 3 digit number;

For pencil and paper methods, children should be able to:

  • subtract numbers with up to 3 digits;

Subtraction Practice Zone

Here is our online math learning subtraction practice area where you can test yourself on your subtracting skills.

Test yourself on the following integer subtraction facts:

  • up to 10, 15, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 or 1000;
  • 2 digit subtract ones;
  • 2 digit subtract tens;
  • 3 digit subtract hundreds.

Mental Subtraction Sheets

Subtraction Facts to 12

The following webpages involve learning subtraction facts to 12.

The sheets in this section are for children at the beginning of 2nd grade. They involve the skill of subtracting with numbers up to 12.

Using the sheets in this section will help your child to:

  • subtract with numbers up to 12;
  • work out subtraction calculations where the answer is given but one of the other numbers is missing.

All the sheets in this section will help your child to develop their speed and accuracy at subtracting.

Subtraction Facts to 20

The following webpages involve learning subtraction facts to 20.

The sheets in this section are for children who are working competently at a 2nd grade level. They involve the skill of subtracting with numbers up to 20.

Using the sheets in this section will help your child to:

  • subtract with numbers up to 20;
  • work out subtraction calculations where the answer is given but one of the other numbers is missing.

All the subtraction worksheets in this section will help your child to develop their speed and accuracy at subtracting.

Subtracting 1, 10 and 100

This section involves using place value and subtraction to subtract either 1, 10 or 100 from any 2 or 3 digit number (leading to a positive integer answer).

This skill is very important to establish at this grade, as it is a foundation building block from which many other math skills are built.

Using these sheets will help your child to:

  • subtract 1 or 10 from a range of 2 digit numbers;
  • subtract 1, 10 or 100 from a range of 3 digit numbers.

Using these sheets will help to develop your child's understanding of place value to 1000.

  • Subtract 1, 10 or 100 from 3 digit numbers

Column Subtraction Sheets

Column Subtraction 2 Digits

The following sheets involve subtracting 2 digit numbers in columns.

These sheets are a useful first step in getting children to use the standard algorithm for column subtraction with small numbers.

Using these sheets will help your child to:

  • subtract 2 digit numbers in columns;
  • use the standard algorithm for column subtraction.

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Column Subtraction 3 Digits

The following sheets involve subtracting 3 digit numbers in columns.

Using these sheets will help your child to:

  • subtract 3 digit numbers in columns;
  • use the standard algorithm for column subtraction.

All these sheets will help your child understand how to subtract numbers in columns.

Subtraction Games

If you are looking for some great subtraction games to support your child's learning, then look no further.

There are a wide selection of subtraction games on the page below, which will develop your child's thinking and reasoning skills as well as their subtraction fact knowledge.

Using these games will help you child to:

  • learn their subtraction facts to 20;
  • develop their strategic thinking skills.

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Here is the grading guide for our worksheets.

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White is the easiest level for children at their early stages in 2nd grade.


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Orange - this is the medium level of difficulty for children who are becoming more confident and working at the expected level in 2nd grade.


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Purple - this is the hardest level for children who are nearly ready for 3rd grade math, or need that extra challenge.

 

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