Here is a fun, differentiated subtraction math center activity that is tiered by readiness for your students, and addresses the needs of your kinesthetic learners that want to move.
Teacher Instructions: There are three tiers to this activity and I have created 2 sets of cards for each tier for you to swap out if you would like to extend your students’ learning and practice. Each set within each tier focus’ on the same level of readiness. Tier I addresses the needs of your students who are just beginning to subtract (from 5), tier II addresses students who have progressed and need a bit more of a challenge to (from 10) and tier III is for those students who are working well beyond the standards for subtraction in kindergarten but who still need to be challenged and engaged. This tier is for subtraction from 20. You will print off the all materials, laminate and cut out only the subtraction cards. Place one set of each tiered cards throughout the room for students to discover during this write the room activity. I like to use painters tape for this.
Student Instructions: Students will use the ‘write the room’ sheet to record subtraction cards they find with corresponding characters/colored borders found on their sheet. They will then use the number line (or other manipulatives provided by the teacher) to complete the problem and record the answer.