Basic Subtraction Practice Test for 1st Grade – [Medium]

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    Every child embarks on a thrilling adventure when they start learning math, and one of the fundamental skills to grasp at this stage is subtraction. At Brighterly, we’re dedicated to illuminating young minds with fun and interactive math lessons. Subtraction may seem a bit intimidating for first graders, but with the right approach, it can be just as enjoyable as playing a game.

    The Joy of Taking Away

    At the heart of subtraction lies the concept of ‘taking away’. Imagine you have a basket of 10 apples, and you give 3 away. How many are left? This simple real-world scenario paints a vivid picture of what subtraction is all about.

    1. Start with Visual Aids: Begin by using tangible objects like toys, fruits, or counters. This gives children a hands-on experience and helps them visualize the concept.
    2. Incorporate Stories: Narratives are a powerful teaching tool. Weave small stories that involve subtraction. For instance, “Jenny had 5 balloons. She gave 2 to her friend. How many does she have now?”
    3. Use Interactive Games: Our platform, Brighterly, offers a plethora of interactive games tailored for first graders. Games not only make learning subtraction fun but also instill a deeper understanding of the concept.

    Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

    As children begin their journey with subtraction, it’s natural for them to make mistakes. Recognizing and addressing these early on is essential for building a solid foundation.

    • Confusing Addition with Subtraction: Sometimes, children might mix up the signs, leading to incorrect answers. Consistent practice and differentiating between the two through stories can help.

    • Borrowing and Regrouping: While this is a concept typically introduced later, some precocious learners might encounter bigger numbers. Using base-10 blocks can be an excellent way to explain borrowing.

    • Not Understanding Zero: In subtraction, it’s crucial to understand that you can’t take a larger number from a smaller one (in basic arithmetic). Practicing with number lines can aid in this comprehension.

    Basic Subtraction Practice Test

    Get ready for math lessons with Brighterly! At Brighterly, we believe in nurturing young mathematicians with tools that not only test their understanding but also foster a genuine love for numbers. This medium-level test is intricately designed to challenge their budding skills, all the while ensuring they enjoy the learning process.

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    Jenny bought 16 stickers. She gave 6 stickers to her friend. How many stickers does Jenny have left?

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    On a playground, there are 14 kids playing. 5 kids go home. How many kids are still playing?

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    A farmer has 15 chickens. He sells 4 chickens. How many chickens does he have left?

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    There are 18 pencils in a case. 7 pencils are taken out. How many pencils remain in the case?

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    Martha has 11 candies. She shares 3 with her friend. How many candies does Martha have left?

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    On a bookshelf, 19 books are arranged. 7 books are borrowed. How many books remain on the shelf?

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    In a garden, there are 20 flowers. 8 flowers are picked. How many flowers are left?

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    In a toy store, 16 toys are on display. 6 toys are sold. How many toys are still on display?

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    There are 13 birds on a tree. 4 birds fly away. How many birds are still on the tree?

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    A baker made 17 cookies. He sold 5 cookies. How many cookies does he have left?

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    At the pet store, there are 14 fish in a tank. 3 of them are sold. How many fish remain in the tank?

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    In a box of crayons, there are 18 crayons. 6 crayons are broken. How many good crayons are left?

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    Tommy collected 12 seashells at the beach. He gave 4 to his sister. How many seashells does Tommy have now?

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    There are 15 balloons at a party. 5 balloons flew away. How many balloons are left?

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    Lucy has 10 apples. She eats 3 of them. How many apples does she have left?

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