Three Digit Addition and Subtraction

3-digit math activities

We started our three-digit addition and subtraction centers for review on Wednesday and repeated them on Thursday. Today was our test, and I think the centers really helped them. A LOT of kids still really struggle with the concept of subtraction from 1,000 with all those zeros, but I remember always struggling with that, too.

Check out my kiddos in action!

three digit addition and subtraction activities- teaching 3 digit math with engaging centers

There are three printables in the pack! There is one subtraction, one addition, and one mixed sheet. I stapled it together and made it one of my centers.

Student counting on fingers

Here, the kids had to race each other to subtract or add three-digit numbers. (And yes, that is one of my second graders counting on her fingers. We’re still working on that mental math…)

Math centers spinning activity

One of the centers was a “spinning a problem” center. The students are asked to spin two numbers, then the function.

Student learning to match sum or difference

Here, we have a matching game, you pull a problem, solve it, and match it to the sum or difference.

three digit addition and subtraction activities- teaching 3 digit math with engaging centers

This is really tough to see, but students are solving their math problems, then sorting the math problems into regrouping or not regrouping sheets.

three digit addition and subtraction activities- teaching 3 digit math with engaging centers

The students LOVED the little owls on their dice for “roll a problem.” This also helped them wait until the end to set up a subtraction problem, just in case they got a bigger number. This skill is good for future word problems. A lot of students always want to put the first number they see on the top without thinking about how 800 minus 2450 isn’t even possible.

three digit addition and subtraction activities- teaching 3 digit math with engaging centers

Here the students worked with adding and subtracting over the number 1,000. The subtraction problems were 1,000-#, which is still quite hard for the kiddos! The addition problems are sums over 1,000!

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Three-Digit Addition and Subtraction

Three Digit Addition and Subtraction

(Link: Math Centers)

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