No Prep Addition & Subtraction

no prep addition subtraction

I’ve always struggled to make addition and subtraction of large numbers fun. I can teach it, but it’s not all that exciting. It is difficult to make three digit addition and subtraction, with regrouping, fun for third graders.

One of my goals was to create addition and subtraction worksheets that were rigorous yet engaging for students. Fortunately, I was feeling pretty creative, and I love the end result No Prep Addition and Subtraction.

I do want to make a disclaimer statement. I love my No Prep resources, but I don’t believe they should replace quality instruction. I only use the packs as a supplement to my instruction. I definitely don’t try to use every page or follow the pages in a specific order. I simply use the printables as needed. If I see an area of need for an individual student, group, or whole class, I choose the activity that best fits the need.

I’ve included some traditional pages, because I’ve certainly had the need for them year after year. I’ve also included several interactive pages, and those are the ones I’m especially excited about! Like the other packs, I included a booklet as an introduction. This is a bit different, because rather than explaining the concept of addition and subtraction, I described different types of word problems. This is a huge need for third graders.

Anything that involves dice or a spinner is a winner for students and teachers! When you “gameify” an assignment in increases student engagement. While students are playing these games, you can meet with small groups for more intense instruction.

I even found a way to make subtracting across zero into an interactive assignment. I’m sure that’s everyone’s favorite skill to teach!

Error analysis problems can be beneficial to students. I like the backward approach, where students determine and explain why the answer is incorrect. As students complete this assignment, they become more aware of common error patterns.

In the assignment above, I love where students not only solve the problem, but they also sort the equation into if and how the numbers were regrouped to solve the problem. That forces students to stop and think about regrouping.

There is also a twist on word problems. Students spin an operation, number, and setting and write a word problem based on the selected items.

I could keep going with more of my favorite activities! You can check these activities out in my TpT Store!



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