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Welcome to the Subtraction Worksheets page at Math-Drills.com where you will get less of an experience than our other pages! This page includes Subtraction worksheets on topics such as five minute frenzies, one-, two-, three- and multi-digit subtraction and subtracting across zeros.

Subtraction has been around for several years now... well maybe more than a few, so it's probably a good thing for students to learn. People experience subtraction every minute of their lives from banks and the government taking away your money to the cookies in the jar mysteriously disappearing. With a good knowledge of subtraction, you can understand why your bank account reaches zero and do something to prevent it from happening.

Some students do have difficulty with subtraction, so take it easy on them. Help them to learn their addition facts first. Once they know those, they will need a few more strategies to successfully subtract. Teaching with manipulatives like base ten blocks or cereal or insects in the park can help students gain a deeper understanding of subtraction. The subtracting worksheets on this page are meant to support good teaching practices, so only use them for independent learning if students are practising skills they already know.

We use the words, minuend, subtrahend and difference on this page. Please refer to the following, so you know which word means which part of a subtraction question.

Most Popular Subtraction Worksheets this Week

Five minute subtraction frenzies are timed practice charts that help students develop subtraction fact recall speed.

These charts are similar to the addition and multiplication frenzy charts, but due to the nature of how subtraction works, we could not focus solely on the single digit fact families. For example, you might get questions like 18 - 4 = 14. You also have to be aware that you must subtract the row number from the column number to get a positive number (or zero). Other than that, they should be a nice way to practice some mental subtraction. As with most of these pages, please only use them as a timed activity with students who will experience success. If a student does not have the necessary skills to complete a frenzy in under five minutes, you may need to take a different approach to how you deliver this page. For all others, students should be able to complete this page in under five minutes with a 98% or greater accuracy and improve their time as they get more practice.

Five minute subtraction frenzies.

Subtraction facts worksheets with various ranges and including worksheets for practicing individual facts.

Subtracting single-digit facts is a skill that students generally learn after or while they are learning single-digit addition facts. The subtraction worksheets below are meant to be used for practice, testing or as a teaching skill. They will not teach students how to subtract or what the connection is between addition and subtraction; for that, students require a teacher or parent. If students are learning their subtraction facts, please use the suitable page below. For example, if your student has just learned subtracting by 3, then you will probably want to choose a subtraction worksheet that focuses on 3 as a subtrahend.

Various subtraction tables.

Subtraction Facts 0 to 11 in Grey
Subtraction Facts 0 to 11 in Color
Subtraction Facts 0 to 11 with Facts Highlighted
Subtraction Facts 0 to 11 in Montessori Colors
Subtraction Facts 0 to 11 in Montessori Colors with Facts Highlighted
Subtraction Facts Tables in Gray 1 to 12
Subtraction Facts Tables in Color 1 to 12
Subtraction Facts Tables in Montessori Colors 1 to 12
Subtraction Facts 1 to 12 with Facts Highlighted
Subtraction Facts 1 to 12 in Montessori Colors with Facts Highlighted
Filled Subtraction Table
Blank Subtraction Table

Subtracting from minuends 2 to 9 (no regrouping).

Subtracting from minuends up to 18 (some regrouping).

*The worksheets marked with an asterisk below include all possible questions in a random order on each version of the worksheet.

*100 Subtraction Questions with Minuends from 0 to 18
81 Subtraction Questions with Minuends from 0 to 18
64 Subtraction Questions with Minuends from 0 to 18
50 Subtraction Questions with Minuends from 0 to 18
25 Subtraction Questions with Minuends from 0 to 18
12 Subtraction Questions with Minuends from 0 to 18
100 Subtraction Questions with Minuends from 2 to 18
*81 Subtraction Questions with Minuends from 2 to 18
64 Subtraction Questions with Minuends from 2 to 18
50 Subtraction Questions with Minuends from 2 to 18
25 Subtraction Questions with Minuends from 2 to 18)
12 Subtraction Questions with Minuends from 2 to 18)
100 Horizontal Subtraction Facts to 18

Subtracting from minuends 10 to 18 (all regrouping).

Subtracting single focus digits.

25 Subtracting 0's Questions
25 Subtracting 1's Questions
25 Subtracting 2's Questions
25 Subtracting 3's Questions
25 Subtracting 4's Questions
25 Subtracting 5's Questions
25 Subtracting 6's Questions
25 Subtracting 7's Questions
25 Subtracting 8's Questions
25 Subtracting 9's Questions
50 Subtracting 0's Questions
50 Subtracting 1's Questions
50 Subtracting 2's Questions
50 Subtracting 3's Questions
50 Subtracting 4's Questions
50 Subtracting 5's Questions
50 Subtracting 6's Questions
50 Subtracting 7's Questions
50 Subtracting 8's Questions
50 Subtracting 9's Questions
50 Subtracting 10's Questions
50 Subtracting 11's Questions
50 Subtracting 12's Questions

Horizontal subtracting single focus digits.

Horizontal Subtracting Ones (21 per page)
Horizontal Subtracting Twos (21 per page)
Horizontal Subtracting 0 (100 per page)
Horizontal Subtracting 1 (100 per page)
Horizontal Subtracting 2 (100 per page)
Horizontal Subtracting 3 (100 per page)
Horizontal Subtracting 4 (100 per page)
Horizontal Subtracting 5 (100 per page)
Horizontal Subtracting 6 (100 per page)
Horizontal Subtracting 7 (100 per page)
Horizontal Subtracting 8 (100 per page)
Horizontal Subtracting 9 (100 per page)
Horizontal Subtracting 0 and 1 (100 per page)
Horizontal Subtracting 2 and 3 (100 per page)
Horizontal Subtracting 4 and 5 (100 per page)
Horizontal Subtracting 6 and 7 (100 per page)
Horizontal Subtracting 8 and 9 (100 per page)

Subtraction worksheets including questions with two or more digits for practicing subtracting strategies with larger numbers.

Try teaching a mental math strategy for subtraction called counting up. Here is how it is done:

Start with the second number (the subtrahend) and count up by tens until you find the closest value to the first number (the minuend). Keep track of how many tens you counted. Add or subtract a single digit number to get the minuend exactly then adjust the tens by that amount. For the question, 84 - 35, start at 35, and count, 45, 55, 65, 75, 85 (five tens) and one down to get 84. Five tens minus one is 49. For the question 65 - 22, start at 22 and count, 32, 42, 52, 62 (four tens) and three up to get 65. Four tens and three is 43. The previous examples used two-digit numbers, but the strategy can swiftly be modified for larger numbers. How far can your students go with it? Here is an example with three-digit numbers:

Let's use the question 927 - 648. First, count up by hundreds to 948 (that's 300). Then count down by tens to 928 (that's -20). Finally count down by ones to 927 (that's one). 300 - 20 - 1 = 279. That's almost easier than adding!

Multi-Digit Subtraction with SOME regrouping

These are classic subtraction worksheets with randomly generated numbers. Regrouping should be necessary about half of the time. Versions with ALL regrouping and NO regrouping follow. If you would like to see numbers with thousands separators, look a little further down the page and choose the appropriate version for your location.

2-Digit Minus 2-Digit Subtraction
3-Digit Minus 2-Digit Subtraction
3-Digit Minus 3-Digit Subtraction
4-Digit Minus 3-Digit Subtraction
4-Digit Minus 4-Digit Subtraction
5-Digit Minus 4-Digit Subtraction
5-Digit Minus 5-Digit Subtraction
6-Digit Minus 5-Digit Subtraction
6-Digit Minus 6-Digit Subtraction
7-Digit Minus 6-Digit Subtraction
7-Digit Minus 7-Digit Subtraction
8-Digit Minus 7-Digit Subtraction
8-Digit Minus 8-Digit Subtraction
9-Digit Minus 8-Digit Subtraction
9-Digit Minus 9-Digit Subtraction
3-Digit Expanded Form Subtraction

Multi-Digit Subtraction with ALL regrouping

These subtraction worksheets include questions that require regrouping at every step. They can be frustrating and difficult for students who are not familiar with the concept of subtraction. Try showing them with base ten blocks how regrouping works.

Subtracting 1-Digit Numbers with ALL Regrouping
Subtracting 2-Digit Numbers with ALL Regrouping
Subtracting 3-Digit Numbers with ALL Regrouping
Subtracting 4-Digit Numbers with ALL Regrouping
Subtracting 5-Digit Numbers with ALL Regrouping
Subtracting 6-Digit Numbers with ALL Regrouping
Subtracting 7-Digit Numbers with ALL Regrouping
Subtracting 8-Digit Numbers with ALL Regrouping
Subtracting 9-Digit Numbers with ALL Regrouping
(OLD) 2-Digit Minus One-Digit Subtraction All Regrouping
(OLD) 2-Digit Subtraction All Regrouping

Multi-Digit Subtraction with NO regrouping

Some students require a little extra help when learning to subtract large numbers. These subtraction worksheets include questions where the regrouping step has been eliminated. This might help students learn a subtraction algorithm before learning about regrouping.

2-Digit Minus 2-Digit Subtraction with NO Regrouping
3-Digit Minus 3-Digit Subtraction with NO Regrouping
3-Digit Minus 2-Digit Subtraction with NO Regrouping
4-Digit Minus 4-Digit Subtraction with NO Regrouping
4-Digit Minus 3-Digit Subtraction with NO Regrouping
4-Digit Minus 2-Digit Subtraction with NO Regrouping
5-Digit Minus 5-Digit Subtraction with NO Regrouping
6-Digit Minus 6-Digit Subtraction with NO Regrouping
7-Digit Minus 7-Digit Subtraction with NO Regrouping
8-Digit Minus 8-Digit Subtraction with NO Regrouping
9-Digit Minus 9-Digit Subtraction with NO Regrouping

Horizontally Arranged Multi-Digit Subtraction

Why horizontal subtraction worksheets? Students can show their understanding of place value and number sense if they do not already have the numbers lined up. Vertical subtraction is often learned based on a student's understanding of single-digit subtraction, but looking at the whole number is lost in the algorithm.

Multi-Digit Subtraction with Comma-Separated Thousands

Many students in English-speaking countries are used to seeing numbers with comma-separated thousands.

4-Digit Minus 2-Digit Subtraction (Comma Separated)
5-Digit Minus 2-Digit Subtraction (Comma Separated)
4-Digit Minus 3-Digit Subtraction (Comma Separated)
5-Digit Minus 3-Digit Subtraction (Comma Separated)
4-Digit Minus 4-Digit Subtraction (Comma Separated)
5-Digit Minus 4-Digit Subtraction (Comma Separated)
5-Digit Minus 5-Digit Subtraction (Comma Separated)
Mixture of Multi-Digit Subtraction from 2 to 4 digits (Comma Separated)
Mixture of Multi-Digit Subtraction from 2 to 5 digits (Comma Separated)
Subtracting 4-Digit Numbers with ALL Regrouping (Comma Separated)
Subtracting 5-Digit Numbers with ALL Regrouping (Comma Separated)
Subtracting 6-Digit Numbers with ALL Regrouping (Comma Separated)
Subtracting 7-Digit Numbers with ALL Regrouping (Comma Separated)
Subtracting 8-Digit Numbers with ALL Regrouping (Comma Separated)
Subtracting 9-Digit Numbers with ALL Regrouping (Comma Separated)
5-Digit Minus 5-Digit Subtraction with NO Regrouping (Comma Separated)
6-Digit Minus 6-Digit Subtraction with NO Regrouping (Comma Separated)
7-Digit Minus 7-Digit Subtraction with NO Regrouping (Comma Separated)
8-Digit Minus 8-Digit Subtraction with NO Regrouping (Comma Separated)
9-Digit Minus 9-Digit Subtraction with NO Regrouping (Comma Separated)

Multi-Digit Subtraction with Space-Separated Thousands

Space-separated thousands are becoming more widely used, including in the United States. Canadian students have used both comma separated and space separated thousands for many years.

4-Digit Minus 2-Digit Subtraction (Space Separated)
5-Digit Minus 2-Digit Subtraction (Space Separated)
4-Digit Minus 3-Digit Subtraction (Space Separated)
5-Digit Minus 3-Digit Subtraction (Space Separated)
4-Digit Minus 4-Digit Subtraction (Space Separated)
5-Digit Minus 4-Digit Subtraction (Space Separated)
5-Digit Minus 5-Digit Subtraction (Space Separated)
Mixture of Multi-Digit Subtraction from 2 to 4 digits (Space Separated)
Mixture of Multi-Digit Subtraction from 2 to 5 digits (Space Separated)
Subtracting 4-Digit Numbers with ALL Regrouping (Space Separated)
Subtracting 5-Digit Numbers with ALL Regrouping (Space Separated)
Subtracting 6-Digit Numbers with ALL Regrouping (Space Separated)
Subtracting 7-Digit Numbers with ALL Regrouping (Space Separated)
Subtracting 8-Digit Numbers with ALL Regrouping (Space Separated)
Subtracting 9-Digit Numbers with ALL Regrouping (Space Separated)
5-Digit Minus 5-Digit Subtraction with NO Regrouping (Space Separated)
6-Digit Minus 6-Digit Subtraction with NO Regrouping (Space Separated)
7-Digit Minus 7-Digit Subtraction with NO Regrouping (Space Separated)
8-Digit Minus 8-Digit Subtraction with NO Regrouping (Space Separated)
9-Digit Minus 9-Digit Subtraction with NO Regrouping (Space Separated)

Multi-Digit Subtraction with Period-Separated Thousands

Even though period separated thousands are not common in the English-speaking world, we provide these for our friends in other countries who may find them useful.

4-Digit Minus 2-Digit Subtraction (Period Separated)
5-Digit Minus 2-Digit Subtraction (Period Separated)
4-Digit Minus 3-Digit Subtraction (Period Separated)
5-Digit Minus 3-Digit Subtraction (Period Separated)
4-Digit Minus 4-Digit Subtraction (Period Separated)
5-Digit Minus 4-Digit Subtraction (Period Separated)
5-Digit Minus 5-Digit Subtraction (Period Separated)
Mixture of Multi-Digit Subtraction from 2 to 4 digits (Period Separated)
Mixture of Multi-Digit Subtraction from 2 to 5 digits (Period Separated)
Subtracting 4-Digit Numbers with ALL Regrouping (Period Separated)
Subtracting 5-Digit Numbers with ALL Regrouping (Period Separated)
Subtracting 6-Digit Numbers with ALL Regrouping (Period Separated)
Subtracting 7-Digit Numbers with ALL Regrouping (Period Separated)
Subtracting 8-Digit Numbers with ALL Regrouping (Period Separated)
Subtracting 9-Digit Numbers with ALL Regrouping (Period Separated)
5-Digit Minus 5-Digit Subtraction with NO Regrouping (Period Separated)
6-Digit Minus 6-Digit Subtraction with NO Regrouping (Period Separated)
7-Digit Minus 7-Digit Subtraction with NO Regrouping (Period Separated)
8-Digit Minus 8-Digit Subtraction with NO Regrouping (Period Separated)
9-Digit Minus 9-Digit Subtraction with NO Regrouping (Period Separated)

Large print subtraction worksheets that include a larger font.

Large print — Multi-digit Subtraction with SOME regrouping

LP 2-digit minus 1-digit Subtraction
LP 2-digit minus 2-digit Subtraction
LP 3-digit minus 1-digit Subtraction
LP 3-digit minus 2-digit Subtraction
LP 3-digit minus 3-digit Subtraction
LP Various 1- to 3- Digit Subtraction
LP 4-digit minus 3-digit Subtraction
LP 4-digit minus 4-digit Subtraction
LP 5-digit minus 4-digit Subtraction
LP 5-digit minus 5-digit Subtraction
LP 6-digit minus 5-digit Subtraction
LP 6-digit minus 6-digit Subtraction

Large print — Multi-digit Subtraction with ALL regrouping

LP Subtracting 1-Digit Numbers with ALL Regrouping
LP Subtracting 2-Digit Numbers with ALL Regrouping
LP Subtracting 3-Digit Numbers with ALL Regrouping
LP Subtracting 4-Digit Numbers with ALL Regrouping
LP Subtracting 5-Digit Numbers with ALL Regrouping
LP Subtracting 6-Digit Numbers with ALL Regrouping

Large Print — Multi-digit Subtraction with NO regrouping

LP 2-Digit Minus 2-Digit Subtraction with NO Regrouping
LP 3-Digit Minus 3-Digit Subtraction with NO Regrouping
LP 3-Digit Minus 2-Digit Subtraction with NO Regrouping
LP 4-Digit Minus 4-Digit Subtraction with NO Regrouping
LP 4-Digit Minus 3-Digit Subtraction with NO Regrouping
LP 4-Digit Minus 2-Digit Subtraction with NO Regrouping
LP 5-Digit Minus 5-Digit Subtraction with NO Regrouping
LP 6-Digit Minus 6-Digit Subtraction with NO Regrouping

Large Print — Subtracting With Maximum Minuends

Subtracting across zeros worksheets for students to learn and practice this important skill.

Complements of powers of 10.

Generally, a student would not regroup to determine the complements of 10, 100, 1000, etc. One strategy that could be used is as follows: working from left to right, a student would take each digit in the subtrahend and figure out its nines complement. If the digit was 3, for example, the nines complement of 3 is 6. For the last digit (ones), the student would use the tens complement. For example, a typical question is 1000 - 456. The nines complement of 4 is 5, the nines complement of 5 is 4 and the tens complement of 6 is 4. Putting it all together, the student would get 5 4 4 or 544 = 1000 - 456.

Subtracting from multiples of powers of 10.

Subtracting from multiples of 10
Subtracting from multiples of 100
Subtracting from multiples of 1000
Subtracting from multiples of 10000
Subtracting from a mixture of multiples of 100 and 1000
Subtracting from a mixture of multiples of 1000 and 10000
Subtracting from a mixture of multiples of 100, 1000 and 10000

Subtracting Across Zeros in the Middle

These worksheets are meant to give students practice dealing with 0's in the middles of subtraction questions. Whether using pencil and paper or mental arithmetic, it is always a good idea to make sure students know what to do when they encounter zeros.

3-Digit Subtraction across zeros in the middle (Ones always need regrouping)
4-Digit Subtraction across zeros in the middle (Ones always need regrouping)
5-Digit Subtraction across zeros in the middle (Ones always need regrouping)
3-Digit Subtraction across zeros in the middle (Ones sometimes need regrouping)
4-Digit Subtraction across zeros in the middle (Ones sometimes need regrouping)
5-Digit Subtraction across zeros in the middle (Ones sometimes need regrouping)

Subtracting numbers in number systems other than decimal numbers including binary, quaternary, octal, duodecimal and hexadecimal numbers.

Subtracting in other base number systems.

Subtracting Binary Numbers (Base 2)
Subtracting Ternary Numbers (Base 3)
Subtracting Quaternary Numbers (Base 4)
Subtracting Quinary Numbers (Base 5)
Subtracting Senary Numbers (Base 6)
Subtracting Octal Numbers (Base 8)
Subtracting Duodecimal Numbers (Base 12)
Subtracting Hexadecimal Numbers (Base 16)
Subtracting Vigesimal Numbers (Base 20)
Subtracting Hexatrigesimal Numbers (Base 36)
Subtracting Various Numbers (Various Bases)