Subtraction is one of my favorite concepts to teach to young children. You get to take objects away and find out what is left. What better way to help them understand the concept, than to feed donuts to an old lady. Students are able to feed the donut manipulatives to the old lady and then move on to subtracting with a number line. Check out “Devouring Donuts!” here.
Students will draw a subtraction sentence card and identify the largest number (minuend). Students will place that number of donuts on the plate. They will then feed the old lady the smaller number (subtrahend) of donuts to the old lady. The difference will be the donuts left on the plate.