Subtraction Poem Freebie

My students are struggling with subtracting with regrouping.   I found this poem on Pinterest (are you surprised) and I'm not sure where the poem itself originated.  But, I knew I needed to create a sheet for my students interactive notebooks for them to use it as a reference.

Although originally intended for lower levels, I think, this poem sure did help out my 4th graders. Especially those that were struggling with "when" to regroup.

I ran 4 to a sheet and the students glued the poem into their notebooks.  When working independently, I've seen them flip back to their reference sheet for a reminder.  Yay!

I can also see them saying, "More on the floor? Go next door...and get 10 more!!"  It's a great reminder for them.

We've also been working on rounding this week.  I found this video on Patti's blog: A Series of Third Grade Events:

We created movements to this, too.  I'd show you, but I'm a little leery of videoing myself.  Maybe on day.  Maybe.

If you'd like the Subtraction Poem, head on over to my TPT store to download {here}.  I'd love to hear about how you help your students with subtraction.  Leave me a comment below :)


  1. I love both the poem and the rap! They are both so fun! I'd love for you to stop by my blog and link up to my linky party called Fun Friday. It is a place to share the fun things that we do in our classrooms!

    Teaching Fourth

  2. Love the poster and I am dying to see your moves... posting about it on Facebook
    Kickin' It With Class

  3. I LOVE the poem. Thanks for sharing! We start subtraction next week and this will be a perfect addition to our unit and our math journals. Cute video.


  4. Ooo, I love the subtraction poem! So fun! And I could definitely see my students using that as a reminder as well!!! I will be saving this for when we get to subtraction with regrouping!! :)

    Lessons with Laughter

  5. I think I have seen that on Pinterest, too! I'm sure some of my 4th graders could benefit from it. Thanks!

  6. What a fun little poem! So cute....and I bet your kids are having a blast with it! (and take it from me, video taping gets easier the more you do it ;) )

    Teaching in Room 6

  7. Am I the only one who is driven CRAZY by the fact that fourth graders have trouble with subtraction. It happens every year and every year it just frustrates me to no end. We work on it and we fix it, but I'm telling you the year I don't have to deal with it will be a miracle for me!

  8. Great minds think alike I guess. I too found this on Pinterest a couple of weeks ago and made a personal poster for one of my students.

  9. Subtraction poem is awesome!! Thank you so much! Clear AND cute!

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  11. Hi I am homeschooling and just found out this is how my daughter was taught subtraction. She was almost in tears trying to remember how to subtract and forgot the poem. Thank you so much.