# Logic and Early Math Lesson - Solve Story Problems -Using Your Fingers, Subtraction Story Problems (#'s 1-5), Preschool

In the lesson "Solve Story Problems - Using Your Fingers," preschoolers will dive into the exciting world of subtraction story problems, focusing on numbers 1 through 5. This lesson is part of the "Operations and Algebraic Thinking Within 5" unit, designed to introduce young learners to the fundamental concepts of basic arithmetic operations within a small numerical range. Through engaging activities such as the Road Sign Subtraction Worksheet, Holiday Lights Subtraction Worksheet, and exercises involving drawings or the use of their fingers to solve subtraction story problems, students will develop a tangible understanding of subtraction as taking away from a given number.

Learning to solve subtraction story problems using fingers is crucial as it provides a concrete, visual, and tactile method for understanding abstract mathematical concepts. This approach not only aids in improving fine motor skills but also enhances cognitive development by encouraging problem-solving, logical thinking, and the ability to translate real-world scenarios into mathematical expressions. By mastering these foundational skills at an early age, preschoolers will be better prepared for more complex mathematical operations and reasoning in their future academic endeavors.

Estimated classroom time: 10 min
Chapter: Subtraction Story Problems (#'s 1-5)
Unit: Operations and Algebraic Thinking Within 5
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1st
3:00 min
worksheet
2nd
3:00 min
Holiday Lights Subtraction Worksheet
worksheet
3rd
4:00 min
Using Drawings or your Fingers to Solve Subtraction Story Problems
Quiz
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• ### Activity 1 / Road Sign Subtraction Worksheet

Before your students can go ahead to solving much more complex math problems and equations, they must first have to tackle the complexities that come with addition and subtraction problems. Your kindergartners might not much look forward to solving math, but you can give them some tips to make it easier, and also help them practice. Look at the picture here, and solve the problems with your students. Then, help them check the box that matches.

• ### Activity 2 / Holiday Lights Subtraction Worksheet

Everybody loves the holidays, right? Before diving deep into this math problem, you might get your kids prepared for the exercise by asking them to tell you their own favorite holiday, and why they love it so much. Now, look at the picture in the worksheet with your kids. Examine the numbers and problems, and help your kids check the box next to the number sentence that shows what is happening with each string of light.

• ### Activity 3 / Using Drawings or your Fingers to Solve Subtraction Story Problems - Quiz

Students will be assessed on their ability to read and comprehend subtraction story problems, and use visuals to help solve them. Students will also be asked to count on their fingers to find the difference.