# Subtracting One Digit Minus One Digit Numbers

To get started with
subtraction
, we are going to show you a couple of one digit minus one digit
subtraction problems. Remember, subtraction means to take away, so when you see
the minus sign you know it’s being taken away. Here are a few examples; we’ll show
you in both pictures and numbers. In pictures, it shows 4 — 2 = 2. The images show that if you had four circles, and
crossed out two, you would have two left over, which is your answer.

Let’s try it again. Here’s another example problem: This problem shows that if you have 5 and take away 2, you’re left with 3. (The
pictures show 5 circles, taking away 2, there are 3 left).

We’ll give you one more. This time, we’ll leave the answer blank so that you have
a chance to solve it yourself. Then, we’ll tell you the answer and you can compare
yours to ours. Now, try it yourself and see if you can figure out the answer.

If you got 4, you’re right! If not, go back and re-count backwards from your starting
number and see if you can figure out what you did wrong.
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