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In Long Subtraction Rap

Teaching Long Subtraction Skills
Learning by Song


This song is available on Barbara Speicher's "Learning Math by Song"

      Verse #1
In long subtraction, you start at the one's place
Asking, Can I subtract the bottom from the top?
If the top number is bigger than the bottom one,
You can "take away" for enough, it's got!


Verse #2
In long subtraction, you start at the one's place
Asking, Can I subtract the bottom from the top?
If the bottom number is bigger than the top one,
You can't "take away" for enough, there's not!

Verse #3
So, Mr. One's place borrows from his neighbor
"Please Mr. Ten, do you have a ten to spare?"
If he has any, he always says, "Take one, please!
Now you have 10 more ones becuase I shared!"

Verse #4
What if there's a zero in the ten's place?
Mr. One and Mr. Ten march next door.
If Mr. Hundred has any, he says, "Take one, please!
Mr. Ten gets 90 and Mr. One, 10 more!"

Verse #5
What if there's a zero in the Ten's and Hundred's place?
Mr. One, Ten and Hundred march next door.
If Mr. Thousand has any, he say, "Take one, please!
I'll split it into 900, 90 and 10 more."

Verse #6
All the different places work well together.
Giving and taking so subraction can be done.
Sharing with each other -- somethibg that we all should learn.
So there is enough for everyone!


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