Written Subtraction 2: use place value partitioning three-digit numbers in columns without borrowing
Written Subtraction 2: use place value partitioning three-digit numbers in columns without borrowing
Written Subtraction 2: use place value partitioning three-digit numbers in columns without borrowing
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Written Subtraction 2: use place value partitioning three-digit numbers in columns without borrowing

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Ages 7-12

With the method used in this worksheet, learners can master how to subtract two digit numbers easily by:

  • partitioning 3-digit numbers and recognising their place values in subtraction
  • regrouping the numbers to be subtracted in columns, in order to calculate their difference in writing.

And, they develop a firm foundation for column maths subtraction with decomposition or borrowing - for example, taking away 29 from 75 or 234 from 321 - which are explained in worksheets Subtraction 3 and 4.

In a nutshell: Confidence breeds more confidence! And, hands on practice in subtracting does wonders for confidence and gradual skills development. Whether homeschooling, working independently or in classroom teaching, this math worksheet will make learners win, and brighten the day.

When kids are learning two digit addition and subtraction, one of the concepts they'll encounter is regrouping, which is also known as carrying over or column maths.

Carrying over is an important concept to learn, because it makes working with large numbers manageable. For example, when subtracting 234 from 321 in writing, we must carry over because we can not subtract 34 from 21. 

Carrying over in subtraction, or as some people refer to it borrowing, can be confusing to young learners. Children know how to subtract smaller numbers such as 100 - 50 and get the correct answer. But, when the problem is 1367 - 498, subtraction becomes more challenging! 

Many times, we teach students the process of working a math problem – but not the 'why' behind it. If students don’t understand how place value works in subtraction, then they may have difficulty with subtraction because they don't understand why we 'borrow'.

Best get started with it!