# Intro to subtraction

## What is subtraction?

Subtraction is **taking things away.** When you take a number away from another you are subtracting. And the number becomes smaller.

Start with 5 apples,

then **subtract 2**,

you are left with 3 apples.

In math, we can write it with numbers:

5 – 2 = 3

In words, ıt’s read as *“five minus two equals three”.*

## More subtraction

Let’s do more subtraction problems.

Suppose we have 4 circles.

And we take away 3 of them.

How many circles do we have now?

With numbers, it is:

4-3=1

In words usually read as: ” four minus three equals one “

## Try these problems

Solve these subtraction problems.

5 – 3 = ?

4 – 3 = ?

4 – 2 = ?

3 – 2 = ?

5 – 4 = ?

5 – 1 = ?

4 – 1 = ?