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Subtraction within 10 Kindergarten Math Centers | Laundry Theme

Subtraction within 10 Kindergarten Math Centers | Laundry Theme

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Worksheets, Activities, Centers


Arithmetic, Basic Operations

Subtraction centers and worksheets are a staple in every kindergarten classroom. These standards-based laundry subtraction centers will have your students eagerly waiting for math centers every day! These engaging subtraction activities are the perfect tools to help build confidence in your students.

Your students will improve their number sense skills with these five math centers. In these subtraction centers, students will work on representing subtraction with objects and equations. They will also help your students build fluency with their subtraction facts.

These hands-on and interactive centers are part of the City Centers System, a systematic approach to learning centers for the whole year. Use these laundry subtraction centers independently or in conjunction with my other kindergarten math centers.

While these centers were developed as part of the City Centers System, they can be used in any classroom setting as part of your regular math centers even if you don’t use the entire system!

This subtraction within 10 resource includes:

  • 5 thematic centers (color and ink-saving black and white versions)
  • 3 accountability sheets (options for 8, 10, and 12 boxes to record answers)
  • 5 thematic worksheets
  • location sign (optional use for City Centers System)

These subtraction centers work on representing subtraction facts and fluently subtracting within 10.

  1. Something’s Missing: Students write the missing number to complete the subtraction sentence.
  2. Frame the Fact: Students use the ten frame to solve for the difference. (making 10)
  3. Super Subtraction: Students clip the difference to complete the subtraction sentence.
  4. Make a Difference: Students use the pictures to create a subtraction sentence.
  5. Minus Match: Students match subtraction sentences to the correct difference. (making ten)

The centers come with accountability sheets and worksheets.

The accountability sheets are simply a place for students to record the answers from the center they worked with. Students will match the letter on their card to the letter on the paper and write their answers. These sheets are included with answer boxes for A-H, A-J, and A-L. If you want your students to use these pages, simply choose the appropriate number of answer boxes for each center.

Alternatively, the thematic worksheets can be used without the center materials. That means you can use these subtraction worksheets at any time. This is a great way to extend learning and let students work on their skills at home.

These kindergarten number sense activities are designed for your math centers. Once you’ve introduced subtracting numbers within 10 to your students, they should be able to complete these activities independently.

The subtraction centers can also be used during small group instruction, as early finishers activities, or with classroom volunteers. The thematic number sense worksheets can be used without the subtraction centers and are great for morning work or homework.

This set of kindergarten math centers is part of the City Centers System. At its core, the City Centers System is a collection of centers designed to work together to create a methodical approach to independent learning in the classroom over the course of a year.

Throughout the year you can add locations like the laundromat to your city. When students rotate through their math stations, they will visit different locations which have thematic centers.

The City Centers System includes a variety of counting centers for subtraction within 10 across many locations. This allows you to keep center work fresh and engaging by working with different themes even though students are already familiar with the activities. This method also saves you time because you don’t have to constantly introduce and explain new centers to your students.

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