Subtract with number line

Learn or teach by designing your own subtraction visual examples. All examples are modeled with number lines.



Subtract With Number Line Models uses number lines to demonstrate subtraction of fractions.

You can input the minuend and subtrahend for a subtraction of fractions example. The minuend must be less than 7 and larger than the subtrahend.

Press the <OK> button and the circles for the minuend, subtrahend and the difference number lines will appear.

Uncheck the <EXPLAIN> check box to turn off the answer and the explanation. You can ask your students to complete the number sentence.

Uncheck the <SHOW INPUT> check box to make the input dialog boxes work like a password input boxes, hiding the numbers you input. With <EXPLAIN> and <SHOW INPUT> unchecked you can ask your students to write a number sentence that explains the picture.

With <EXPLAIN> and <SHOW COLOR> unchecked you can ask your students to color the picture by shading the number lines and complete a number sentence that explains the picture.


Start with a common denominator such as 3 34 and 2 14. You can arrive at the difference by removing subtrahend amounts from the minuend.

Then enter 3 34and 2 34 to see how the common denominator of 4 is used. If you continue to decrease the size of the subtrahend by fourths from 2 12 and then to 2 14 etc., you will notice the difference increasing.

Enter 3 0/1 for the minuend and 2 23for the subtrahend. Notice that the minuend has been renamed to 2 33 to subtract. Decreasing the whole number in 3 by one will give you 2 33, allowing you to subtract the whole numbers and the numerators.

Try 3 1/3 minus 2 2/3. Notice that the minuend has been renamed to allow you to subtract the numerators.

If the minuend numerator is smaller than the subtrahend numerator, the example will show how to borrow. Make sure that denominators are the same if you want to demonstrate an example like 3 - 1 34. To do this enter 3 04 - 1 34.


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