Instructional Activity# Subtraction with Number Lines

Lesson 5. Unit 5. Grade 7 Open Up Resources

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This Instructional Activity is a part of the Lesson 5, Unit 5, Grade 7. The purpose of this activity is to apply the representation students have used while adding signed numbers, as well as the relationship between addition and subtraction, to begin subtracting signed numbers. Students are given number line diagrams showing one addend and the sum. They are asked to figure out what the other addend would be. Students examine how these addition equations with missing addends can be written using subtraction by analyzing and critiquing the reasoning of others.