What a great bunch of activities the 2nd grade blogging team has this week! We’re having lots of fun with a leaf theme, so all of our activities have a sweet taste of fall in them. The leaves started falling off the huge tree in our front yard this week, so I anticipate lots of leaf piles in the very near future! Until then we’re working on subtracting with ten-frames in a fun leaf theme this week. This only covers subtracting within 10, so it’s a review activity for 2nd grade, but good practice before jumping into double-digit subtraction in the next couple weeks.

This free subtraction with ten-frames activity is great for practicing subtraction within 10. Lots of fun with the cute leaves!

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Materials for the Free Printable Subtraction Ten-Frame Mats

  • Paper
  • Laminating Materials
  • Leaf Manipulatives

To prep: Print and laminate the activity. Cut apart the leaves and the subtraction cards. (If you are using leaf manipulatives such as the gems or buttons, you can discard the printed version of the leaves.)

To use: Have your child choose a subtraction card. Then have her demonstrate the subtraction problem using the leaves.

This free subtraction with ten-frames activity is great for practicing subtraction within 10. Lots of fun with the cute leaves!

First, place the total number of leaves into the ten frame and then remove the number of leaves necessary to show the subtraction problem.

Then, write the problem on the recording sheet with the correct answer.

Find even more engaging activities in the Life Over C’s shop!

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Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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  1. You’re so creative! love it! This one too – can’t wait to use it with my kiddo! This post will also be featured this week on Good Tips Tuesday!! Woot!

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