Number Line Subtraction Worksheets

How to Display Subtraction on a Number Line - Here, we are going to use a number line for subtracting one number from another. Now, let us try to solve a problem using the number line. Here, we are trying to subtract 3 from 4. How do we do it using a number line? The first digit is 4 so, and we will mark 4 on the number line. What should we do subtract 4 - 3? We will move backward for subtraction. The second number is 3 so, let us move left towards 3 and count like 1,2,3. Then, you will stop at number 1. That is 4 - 3 = 1. Also, you can check your answer by verifying the problem via a normal subtraction method. You will draw 4 sticks then, cut only 3 sticks as per the requirement. Then, only one stick will remain. In this way, you will check your answer that must be similar to the number line method. In case the verification answer would become wrong, it means you are making a mistake somewhere while solving the question. Either you are not using the number line correctly, or you are wrongly subtracting the numbers. Thus, solve it again!

• Basic Lesson

Demonstrates the concept of a number line and movement backwards. Includes negative numbers. Steps for subtracting numbers on a number line: 1. Starting point is the first number of the problem (marked with a red dot). 2. Subtracting a negative number from a positive number: move right from the starting point. 3. Subtracting a positive number from a negative number: move left from the starting point. 4. Subtracting a negative number from a negative number: move right from the starting point. 5. Subtracting a positive number from a positive number: move left from the starting point.

• Intermediate Lesson

Displays the concept of subtracting a negative number and a double negative problem.

• Independent Practice 1

Asks students to draw line on number line to display each statement. The answers can be found below.

• Independent Practice 2

Another 20 practice problems. The answer key is below.

• Homework Worksheet

Reviews the skills within the unit and provides 12 practice problems.

• Skill Quiz

10 Number Line subtraction math problems to help assess the unit. A math scoring matrix is included.

• Homework and Quiz Answer Key

Answers for the homework and quiz.