Lesson Worksheet: Counting Back to Subtract Mathematics

In this worksheet, we will practice subtracting either a one-digit number or a two-digit number from a two-digit number using counting back.


Alanoud put her counter on 12 then moved it back 2 spaces.

Help her find the missing number:


Omar holds up 9 fingers and starts counting down as he puts down one finger at a time. He stops when he is holding up 4 fingers.

Decide whether he was adding or subtracting by picking the number sentence that describes what he did.

  • A5+4=9
  • B95=4
  • C9+4=13


This is a subtraction machine.

It subtracts 7 from any number you put in.

What number will come out?

What number will come out?


If there should be 12 counters in the given model, how many counters are missing?


Nada is playing a game using number cards. She steps on a number and jumps to land on another number. If Nada steps on number 18 and jumps backward 4 jumps, which number will she land on?


Mariam has 12 counters.

She takes away 3. Count back from 12 to find out how many counters she has left.


Nabil wants to calculate 139 using the counting on method. He starts with 9 red counters.

Then, he counts on to 13 by adding blue counters.

Complete the following using the counters: 139=.


Calculate 134.


What is 16 take away 7?


Bassem has two cards. Each card has a number on it. If the sum of the numbers on the two cards is 13, what is the missing number on the other card?

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