Subtraction Word Problems
2nd Grade

Welcome to the our Subtraction Word Problems 2nd Grade.

Here you will find our selection of free subtraction word problems to help your child learn and practice solving subtraction problems with numbers up to 150.

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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 Word Problems 2nd Grade

Subtraction Problems up to 150

Each sheet consists of working out the answers to a set of 5 or 6 subtraction word problems up to 50, 100 or 150.

There is a space on each sheet for working out, using whichever method you wish your child to use.

There are also UK versions of some of the worksheets which use pounds (£) instead of dollars($).

Using these sheets will help your child to:

  • become familiar with the language of subtraction: difference, minus, less, ...
  • recognise subtraction word problems;
  • subtract with numbers up to 50, 100 or 150.

Subtraction Word Problems 2nd Grade up to 50

Subtraction Word Problems 2nd Grade up to 100

Subtraction Word Problems 2nd Grade up to 150

Looking for some easier worksheets?

We have some first grade subtraction problems at our main site: math-salamanders.com

There are a selection of word problems which involve subtracting up to 20.

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Column Subtraction Worksheets

The following sheets involve subtracting 2 and 3 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 and 3 digit numbers in columns;
  • use the standard algorithm for column subtraction.

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Mental Subtraction Sheets

Subtraction Facts to 20

The following webpages involve learning subtraction facts to 20.

The sheets in this section are for children at the beginning of 2nd grade. 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 sheets 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 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.

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.

Addition and Subtraction Word Problems

We have created pages of mixed addition and subtraction word problems!

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.

 

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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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