You may hear your child and her teacher talk about Place Value Disks. When learning place value, addition, and subtraction, place value disks are a great tool to tie together your child’s understanding before using the standard algorithm. They are especially helpful when regrouping, that is, changing one unit to another unit. Watch this tool in action on a place value chart. Forty-three minus sixteen.
Becoming comfortable with two-digit and three-digit numbers is an important skill in second grade. Your child will master addition and subtraction problems within one-thousand. But, how your child learns to understand addition and subtraction is very important. Here’s how you can help. One-hundred seventy six plus forty-five.
Your child continues to use tape diagrams as a visual tool to solve word problems. Now, he solves for an unknown in any position. Here’s a second grade word problem: There are twenty-three students in Miss Nord’s class. Seventeen students are present today. How many students are absent? Let’s draw a tape diagram to see what this problem asks us to find.