# Subtract a pair of 2-digit numbers by finding the difference

I can subtract a pair of 2-digit numbers by finding the difference.

# Subtract a pair of 2-digit numbers by finding the difference

I can subtract a pair of 2-digit numbers by finding the difference.

## Lesson details

### Key learning points

- When the minuend and subtrahend are close in value, finding the difference can be an efficient strategy for subtraction
- Finding the difference means we count on from the subtrahend or count back from the minuend
- A number line or a bar model can represent finding the difference

### Common misconception

Pupils will often try to use a written method/algorithm which they know gives an accurate answer but don't understand why it works.

Encourage the pupils to be brave and remind them that this is about mental subtraction so, with practice, will be quicker than any written methods.

### Keywords

Minuend - The minuend is the number being subtracted from.

Subtrahend - A subtrahend is a number subtracted from another.

Difference - The difference is the result after subtracting one number from another.

### Licence

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## Video

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## Starter quiz

### 6 Questions

## Exit quiz

### 6 Questions

Minuend

Subtrahend

Difference