# Take Away Story Problems with Pictures - Lesson for Preschool, Chapter - Number Stories - 1 Less

In the "Take Away Story Problems with Pictures" lesson, preschool students embark on a captivating journey to understand the concept of '1 Less' within the broader unit of Counting to 5. This lesson is part of the Number Stories chapter, designed to make subtraction tangible and engaging for young learners. Through a series of imaginative and interactive activities, including the Car Tire Pile Up, Down the Stairs, Slinky Steps, and Undersea Subtraction worksheets, students will learn to visually associate subtraction with everyday scenarios.

The lesson aims to develop foundational math skills by teaching students to recognize and solve simple subtraction problems, represented through pictures. This approach not only enhances their numerical understanding but also strengthens their problem-solving abilities. By associating numbers with physical objects or scenarios, such as tires being taken away from a pile or steps descended, children learn to comprehend subtraction in a more relatable and less abstract manner.

Understanding the concept of '1 Less' is crucial for preschoolers as it lays the groundwork for more complex mathematical operations they will encounter in their academic journey. This lesson fosters early arithmetic skills, critical thinking, and the ability to interpret mathematical stories through visual cues.

Estimated classroom time: 12 min
Chapter: Number Stories - 1 Less
Unit: Counting to 5
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1st
3:00 min
Car Tire Pile Up Worksheet
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2nd
3:00 min
Down the Stairs Worksheet
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3rd
3:00 min
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4th
3:00 min
Undersea Subtraction Worksheet
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• ### Activity 1 / Car Tire Pile Up Worksheet

Look at the picture in this worksheet with your little ones. What are the objects piled up; can your kids identify what they are? The tires in this printout are stacked in different numbers. There are equations to the left side of the picture, and your kids need to find the stacks of tires that complete the number sentences. Help your kid figure out what the equation says, and then count the tire stacks and find which one fits the equation.

• ### Activity 2 / Down the Stairs Worksheet

In this worksheet, there is a dog. This might get your kids excited, because who doesn’t love a cute and friendly dog? First, get your kids warmed up by asking them to point at the picture of the dog in the printout. Then, help them count all the blocks in each set. The aim is to stack blocks in a descending way, helping the little doggie get down. Check the set of blocks that will build the stairs down, after counting each block.

• ### Activity 3 / Slinky Steps Worksheet

Slinkies are fun to play with, and your kids will have that opportunity in this colorful worksheet. The only way you can get your kids to become better with counting and mathematics reasoning is by constant practice, and exercises such as this one. Give your kids the extra help they need with this printout, and your own assistance. Help the slink down the stairs by selecting and checking the steps that are missing in the pile.

• ### Activity 4 / Undersea Subtraction Worksheet

If your kids are learning how to subtract numbers in school now, or you simply wish to give them an upper hand in learning, use this mathematics worksheet to help them get some practice. First, warm up your child’s mind by asking them to identify the different kind of fish that are in the picture. Then, look at the equations given. Ask your kids to circle the number that completes the number sentences.