# The difference bar: make your own easy subtractions

TLF ID L109

Learn how to split up numbers in your head. Use a linear partitioning tool to help find the difference between pairs of numbers such as 8 and 64. Choose your own pairs of numbers (a single-digit number and a two-digit number). Split the numbers into parts that are easy to work with, work out each part and then solve the original calculation. This learning object is one in a series of five objects.

#### Educational details

Key learning objectives
• Students use a linear model to solve differences mentally.
• Students partition numbers and investigate strategies to solve differences mentally.
• Students apply the associative principle to solve differences mentally.
Educational value
• Encourages students to solve subtractions using mental strategies.
• Allows students to input a one digit whole number and a two digit whole number and find the difference between the entered numbers.
• Provides hints for mental strategies that aid student subtraction skills.
• Provides an option to print a worksheet for each completed equation, showing the student's working out.
Year level

3

Learning area
• mathematics
Strand
• Mathematics/Number and algebra
Concept
• Mathematics/Subtraction
• Mathematics/Counting strategies
• Mathematics/Number relationships
• Mathematics/Number patterns
• Mathematics/Algorithms
• Mathematics/Mental arithmetic
• Mathematics/Whole numbers
Skill
• Analysis;
• Application;
• Comprehension;
• Knowledge
Student activity
• Interactives;
• Analysis;
• Experiment;
• Modelling
Learning design
• Independent learning;
• Experiential learning;
• Problem solving;
• Visual learning

#### Other details

Contributors
• Technical implementer
• Subject matter expert
• Publisher
• Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
• Organisation: Education Services Australia
• Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
• URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
Access profile
• Colour independence
• Device independence
• Hearing independence
Learning resource type
• Interactive Resource
Browsers
• Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
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• Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
Operating systems
• MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
• MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
Rights
• © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.

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