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5. Explore related addition and subtraction equations (FP)

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP3 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP3
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP7 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP7
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.1.OA.B.3 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/1/OA/B/3
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.1.OA.B.4 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/1/OA/B/4
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Lesson objective: Understand that subtraction can be thought of as an unknown addend problem.

This lesson helps to build strategies with addition and subtraction. Part-part-whole diagrams and number lines are used here because they show the number partners in related addition and subtraction facts. This work develops students' understanding that subtraction can be thought of as an unknown addend problem.

Students engage in Mathematical Practice 7 (Look for and make use of structure) as they prove the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction. 

Key vocabulary:

  • inverse operation
  • unknown addend

Special materials needed:

  • number line
  • counters
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