# Lesson 9

Subtraction Algorithms (Part 2)

## Warm-up: True or False: Does It Commute? (10 minutes)

### Narrative

The purpose of this True or False is to elicit insights students have about how the commutative property applies to addition and multiplication, but not subtraction. The reasoning students do here helps to deepen their understanding of the properties of operations and how they apply to subtracting within 1,000. It will also be helpful later when students need to recognize the need to decompose hundreds or tens to get more tens or ones.

### Launch

- Display one equation.
- “Give me a signal when you know whether the equation is true and can explain how you know.”
- 1 minute: quiet think time

### Activity

- Share and record answers and strategy.
- Repeat with each equation.

### Student Facing

Decide if each statement is true or false. Be prepared to explain your reasoning.

- \(4 \times 5 = 5 \times 4\)
- \(125 + 200 = 200 + 125\)
- \(300 - 100 = 100 - 300\)

### Student Response

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### Activity Synthesis

- “What is different about the last equation?” (If we switch the order in subtraction, then both sides of the equal side aren't the same. If we switch the order when we subtract, we don't get the same number.)
- Consider asking:
- “Who can restate _____'s reasoning in a different way?”
- “Does anyone want to add on to _____'s reasoning?”
- “Can we make any generalizations based on the statements?”

## Activity 1: Revise Subtraction Work (15 minutes)

### Narrative

The purpose of this activity is for students to examine an error in an algorithm in which a larger digit is subtracted from a smaller digit in the same place value position. In such a case, it is common for students to subtract the smaller digit from the larger digit instead, not realizing that subtraction is not commutative. The given algorithm here shows the numbers in expanded form to help students see that it is necessary to first decompose a hundred into tens before the 50 can be subtracted from 20.

When students make sense of and correct Lin’s mistake, they construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others (MP3).

### Required Materials

Materials to Gather

### Launch

- Groups of 2
- Give students access to base-ten blocks.
- Display the image of Lin’s work.
- “Now let’s look at how Lin subtracted 156 from 428. Take a minute to examine what she did.”
- 1–2 minutes: quiet think time

### Activity

- “Work with your partner to describe the mistake and what you would tell or show Lin so she can revise her work.”
- 5 minutes: partner work time
- Monitor for students who:
- use base-ten blocks or an algorithm to make sense of Lin’s mistake
- decompose a hundred into 10 tens before subtracting 50 from 20, and showing this process by exchanging base-ten blocks or rewriting 400 as \(300 + 100\) and combining the 100 with 20

- Identify students who used these strategies and select them to share during synthesis.

### Student Facing

Lin’s work for finding the value of \(428 - 156\) is shown.

- What error do you see in Lin's work?
- What would you tell or show Lin so she can revise her work?

### Student Response

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### Advancing Student Thinking

If students don’t mention the error in Lin's work, consider asking:

- “What mistake did Lin make when subtracting?”
- “How could we use base-ten blocks to help Lin revise her work?”

### Activity Synthesis

- “How would you describe Lin’s mistake?” (She tried to subtract 20 from 50 when you’re subtracting 50 from 20. She needed to decompose a hundred to get more tens.)
- Select previously identified students to share what they would tell or show Lin so she can revise her work.
- If no students suggest the following revision to Lin's work, display the algorithm and ask students to explain the revision:

- “Keep Lin’s mistake in mind as we practice using this subtraction algorithm in the next activity.”

## Activity 2: Try the Algorithm (20 minutes)

### Narrative

The purpose of this activity is for students to practice using the subtraction algorithm introduced in a previous lesson. Provide base-ten blocks for students who choose to use them to support their reasoning about the algorithm.

*MLR8 Discussion Supports:*Synthesis: Before students share their reasoning, remind them to use words such as decompose, ones, tens, and hundreds.

*Advances: Speaking, Representing*

*Engagement: Provide Access by Recruiting Interest.*Leverage choice around perceived challenge. Invite students to select at least 3 of 5 problems to complete.

*Supports accessibility for: Organization, Attention, Social-emotional skills*

### Required Materials

Materials to Gather

### Launch

- Groups of 2
- Display Kiran’s algorithm from the previous lesson.
- “Here’s a subtraction algorithm you saw in an earlier lesson. What might be the first thing you’d do if you are to use this algorithm to find the value of the subtraction expressions in the activity?” (Write the numbers in expanded form and stack them.)
- 1 minute: quiet think time
- Share responses.
- Give students access to base-ten blocks.

### Activity

- “Take some quiet time to try this algorithm. Check in with your partner if you have questions.”
- 5–7 minutes: independent work time
- If students have questions about the notation used to record the decomposition of a hundred or ten into more tens or ones, consider asking:
- “Is there any place in the problem where you don’t have enough tens or ones?”
- “How could you get more tens (or ones)?”
- “How could you record a hundred being decomposed into 10 tens (or a ten decomposed into 10 ones)?”

### Student Facing

Here is a subtraction algorithm you saw in an earlier lesson:

Try using this algorithm to find the value of each difference. Show your reasoning. Organize it so it can be followed by others.

- \(283 - 159\)
- \(425 - 192\)
- \(639 - 465\)
- \(591 - 128\)
- \(832 - 575\)

### Student Response

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### Advancing Student Thinking

If students do not record the multiple decompositions in the last problem, consider asking:

- “What units did you need to decompose in this problem?”
- “Where would it make the most sense to you to record how you decomposed a hundred into more tens? A ten into more ones?”

### Activity Synthesis

- Select students to share their reasoning for 2–3 problems. Choose problems to focus on based on common questions that came up. Be sure to discuss the last problem, which requires decompositions of both a ten and a hundred.
- For the last problem, ask: “How did you decide how to record the ten and hundred that needed to be decomposed?” (I started subtracting the ones and decomposed a ten into 10 ones so I had already crossed off the 30 and written 20. When I decomposed the hundred into tens, I just decided to write the 120 on top of the 20 like I wrote the 20 on top of the 30.)
- Record the completed algorithm, showing the decompositions of tens and hundreds.
- Consider asking:
- “Where were there not enough tens or ones to subtract?”
- “What was decomposed and how was it recorded?”
- “Did you notice any places where you might have made the error we saw in Lin's work?"

## Lesson Synthesis

### Lesson Synthesis

Display student work from a problem in the second activity, such as:

“Suppose a classmate says this problem has been changed into a completely different problem because the 832 has been crossed out. How would you explain the crossed-out numbers to them?” (The 832 is still there. It’s just been reorganized as 700 plus 120, which is 820, and then 820 plus 12 is 832. So, it’s still 832. It’s been grouped differently so we can subtract in every place value.)

## Cool-down: How Did Andre Subtract? (5 minutes)

### Cool-Down

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