Subtraction to 20 Worksheets

Welcome to the 2nd Grade Math Salamanders Subtraction to 20 Worksheets.

Here you will find our selection of free subtraction sheets to help your child learn their subtraction facts up to 20.

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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 Facts to 20

The following worksheets involve learning your subtraction facts to 20.

There are a range of worksheets in this section suitable for children at the beginning of second grade, to children who are working confidently at a second grade level and need an extra challenge. They involve the skill of subtracting numbers up to 20.

Most of the sheets also include a challenge or a key question to help your child understand how subtraction works and to extend learning and thinking.

An answer sheet is available for each worksheet provided.

The worksheets in this section are carefully graded, allowing you to introduce concepts at an easier level before introducing harder work.

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

  • subtract numbers up to 20;
  • work out a subtraction sentence where the answer is given but one of the other numbers is missing;
  • use their subtraction and thinking skills to solve subtraction challenges.

Want to test yourself to see how well you have understood this skill?.

  • Try our NEW quick quiz at the bottom of this page.

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Subtraction Number Line to 20 Support Sheets

The number line worksheets on this page involve numbers using integers only.

They have been designed to help kids with their addition and subtraction facts up to 20.

Subtraction Facts to 12

The following webpages involve learning subtraction facts to 12.

The sheets in this section are easier than the sheets on this page, as the numbers have a smaller range. If your child has found the sheets on this page very challenging, then it would be beneficial to try these ones first.

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

  • subtract with numbers to 12;
  • find the answer to a subtraction sentence where the answer is given but one of the other numbers are missing;
  • solve simple subtraction challenges.

All the sheets in this section support elementary math benchmarks.

Subtracting 1, 10 and 100

This section involves using place value and subtraction to take away either 1, 10 or 100 from any 2 or 3 digit number.

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

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

Column Subtraction 2nd Grade

The following sheets involve subtracting 2 and 3 digit numbers in columns.

We have a range of subtraction worksheets with and without regrouping and also randomly generated sheets.

Addition and Subtraction Puzzles

The puzzles in this section mainly focus on adding and subtracting numbers.

The puzzles start with adding and subtracting to 20, and progress on to harder levels and more complex puzzles.

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

  • develop their adding and subtracting skills;
  • develop trial and improvement strategies;
  • improve problem solving skills.

All the sheets in this section will help your child to learn their addition and subtraction facts and become more confident with handling numbers mentally.

Subtraction Word Problems

We have created a page of 2nd grade subtraction word problems for your child to enjoy!

There are a range of word problems of different levels of difficulty.

An answer sheet is provided for each problem, and also some working out space.

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.

Subtraction Facts to 20 Online Quiz

Our quizzes have been created using Google Forms.

At the end of the quiz, you will get the chance to see your results by clicking 'See Score'.

This will take you to a new webpage where your results will be shown. You can print a copy of your results from this page, either as a pdf or as a paper copy.

For incorrect responses, we have added some helpful learning points to explain which answer was correct and why.

We do not collect any personal data from our quizzes, except in the 'First Name' field which is optional. We collect this information so that if a class of students is taking a quiz, the individual results can be recorded along with the first name of the student.

We also collect the results from the quizzes which we use to help us to develop our resources.

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This quiz tests your knowledge and skill with your subtraction facts up to 20.


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