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4th of July Math – Patriotic Subtraction Mats

Sneak in some fun practice with subtraction with this super cute, fun, and free printable 4th of July Math activity that uses patriotic subtraction mats with kindergarten and grade 1 students.

FREE 4th of July Math - Sneak in some fun practice with subtraction with this super cute, fun, and free printable 4th of July Math activity that uses patriotic subtraction mats with kindergarten and grade 1 students.

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4th of July Math

Whether you are making a complete fourth of July theme and are looking for educational activities to include or are looking for fun summer learning with a patriotic theme for Independence Day, you will love this 4th of July Math activity for kindergartners and first grade students.


Subtraction Practice

Why is it that adding comes so much easier to kids? In all my years of teaching, I can honestly say I have only had one kiddo that thought subtraction was easier. Your kids will love this fun Patriotic Subtraction Mats activity perfect for  Presidents Day for Kids or to add to your list of 4th of July activities for kids.

Another way is to practice, is having children participating in expression sorts. Allowing children to participate in expression sorts builds their logic reasoning and can even prepare them for algebra.

It also helps children to begin to develop fluency in math. Though using manipulatives is an important part of learning addition and subtraction, it is also important that they begin to memorize basic addition and subtraction facts. Doing expression sorts numerous times allows children to become familiar with expressions and what they equal.

cut out expressions

Patriotic Subtraction Mats

These free Patriotic Subtraction Mats are a wonderful way to participate in these sorts, and the patriotic theme makes them perfect for summer or labor day!

  • Scroll to the bottom of the post, under the terms of use, and click the text link that says >> Download <<. The pdf file will open in a new window for you to save the freebie.
  • Print off the subtraction mats and expressions on cardstock paper
  • Cut out expression
  • Put a magnet on the back of expression and use a cookie tray or place Velcro on mats and expression
subtract with manipulatives

Decide what numbers you want your child or children to work on, and pull out those mats and the expressions that match.

Children solve the expression and place it on the correct mat.

If your child is struggling to solve the expression provide some manipulatives. Show them how to count manipulatives to match the first number in the expression. Next help them take away the correct number. Finally, show them how to count what is left and help them realize that this is the answer! As they become more confident subtracting with manipulatives, see what they can do on their own from memory.

subtraction sorting mats for expressions that equal 10

Enjoy this free printable and building your child’s logic reasoning and subtraction skills.

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4th of July Activities

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Subtraction Printables

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Rachel is a homeschool mom to four little ones, ages 2 to 6. She is a former public elementary teacher, and has recently began blogging at her page You’ve Got This.

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