Early Subtraction Activities for Special Education PRINT AND DIGITAL


Total Pages 82 pages plus 40 google slides
Answer  Key Included
Teaching Duration 2 Weeks


This early subtraction unit contains 80 pages and 40 google slides specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism.


This unit on early subtraction addresses the rules of subtraction using pictures so students with diverse learning needs to make meaningful and authentic connections to the material.


There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on subtraction. This repetition encourages a true understanding of subtraction and builds a stronger number sense.


Finally, many of the subtraction activities include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation.


*****This unit now includes 40 google slides and a movie version of both books.


See Preview for a more detailed look at the contents.


Subtraction Unit Includes:


⭐ This unit comes in 2 complete files. One is in color and one is in black and white.


In the zipped folder you will find:

  • 5 days of lesson plans
  • Subtraction activities in color
  • Subtraction activities in black and white
  • Voice-recorded PowerPoint show
  • 2 books (PowerPoint) to use with activities
  • Links and directions to digital activities


Subtraction activities:


  • Group activity with directions and templates
  • 4 practice worksheets for each book (includes digital version)
  • 24 practice worksheets (includes digital version)
    • 14 using pictures to subtract
    • 5 using counters to subtract
    • 5 using drawings made by the student to subtract


  • 40 google slides (includes a differentiated set)


Much of what I have learned about curriculum development is incorporated in these units. For example, do not be afraid of repetition. It is critical that students with significant disabilities get to experience material over several days to be able to fully assimilate what is being taught. Also, adding visual supports to your printables and class activities helps students be able to pay more attention to the content you are presenting rather than the mechanics of what is expected. Finally, ask questions. Good questions!! Even when learning about early math skills like subtraction, we can ask students questions that will push them to think more deeply than before.