### Video Transcript

Subtract to find the missing
number. Nine take away four equals
what.

In this question, we need to
subtract or take away to find the answer. Now there are three clues that show
us we need to do this. Can you spot them? The first one is in this sentence;
in fact, it’s the first word “subtract.” Our second clue is in the
picture. What can you see that shows us we
need to take away? Well, our picture shows some
counters, but some of the counters have been crossed out. This shows us that our number is
getting less. We’ve taken away these
counters. And our final clue is in this
number sentence here. Can you spot what tells us it’s a
subtraction?

This little line here is the
subtraction symbol. And so, we read this calculation as
nine take away four. So, what is nine take away
four? Well, we’re given this picture here
to help us. Now the number nine in our
subtraction tells us the number that we need to start with. Can you see how many counters we
started with in the picture? There are one, two, three, four,
five, six, seven, eight, nine counters.

But something’s happened to some of
our counters; they’ve been crossed out. We need to take them away from our
nine counters and forget about them. Let’s count how many counters we’ve
taken away. One, two, three, four. This is where the number four comes
from in our number sentence. We started with nine counters and
we took away or subtracted four counters. So, what’s the answer? How many counters do we have
left? There are one, two, three, four,
five counters left over. We started with nine and we took
away four. We’re left with five. Nine subtract four equals five.