# Basic Subtraction Practice Test for 1st Grade – [Easy]

Updated on September 20, 2023

Hey young mathematicians! Welcome to Brighterly’s guide to basic subtraction for 1st grade. Subtraction is like the magical art of taking away, and today, we’re going to embark on this exciting adventure together.

## What is Subtraction?

Subtraction is one of the fundamental operations in mathematics, just like its counterpart – addition. If you’ve already mastered adding numbers together, you’re halfway there! In essence, subtraction is the opposite of addition. When we subtract, we’re taking away or finding out the difference between two numbers. For instance, if you have 5 apples and eat 2, how many are left? With subtraction, you’ll quickly discover you have 3 apples remaining!

## Subtraction Keywords to Know:

- Minus: This is the key word for subtraction. It’s represented by the ‘-‘ sign.
- Difference: The result or answer we get after subtracting.
- Subtrahend: The number you’re taking away.
- Minuend: The number from which another is being taken.

## Simple Steps to Subtract:

- Line up the numbers: If you’re subtracting vertically, make sure your numbers are lined up by place value.
- Start from the right: Begin subtracting from the smallest place value, usually the units or ones place.
- Borrow if needed: If the top number is smaller than the bottom number, you need to borrow from the next place value.