We know that five plus seven equals
12. What is 12 take away seven?
The question tells us that five
plus seven equals 12. Five orange counters plus seven
pink counters makes a total of 12 counters. We can use this addition fact to
help us find 12 subtract seven. Let’s subtract the seven pink
counters. One, two — now we have 10. We just need to subtract the
remaining five pink counters. One, two, three, four, five. We subtracted two counters and five
more, which makes a total of seven. How many are left? There are five orange counters
left. 12 subtract seven equals five. If five plus seven equals 12, then
12 take away seven equals five. We used an addition fact, five plus
seven equals 12, to help us calculate a subtraction. 12 take away seven is five.