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Subtraction Bingo Cards

Here are the details of Subtraction bingo.

This particular bingo game is designed to help students practise simple subtraction problems.

How to Play Subtraction Bingo

Playing Subtraction bingo in the classroom (or in the case of parents, with your kids at home) is very simple. Here are the instructions:
1. Each student is given a bingo card or bingo worksheet containing a different random selection of numbers (note however, these are not the standard numbers that appear on bingo cards, but are instead the answers to various subtraction problems).

Additionally, each student is also given a marker pen (or set of counters).

Here is an example of a typical Subtraction bingo card:

2. The teacher (or parent) reads out (in random order) subtraction problems, the answers to which correspond to the numbers on the students' bingo cards.

3. The students then try to solve the problem themselves, and then look for the answer on their bingo card or worksheet.. If they find it, they cross off that square (or cover it with a counter). Students start off with one square they can mark off without waiting for it to be called out - the "Free Space" square in the middle of the bingo card.

4. The winner is the first student to achieve a winning pattern and call out "Bingo!" (the teacher or parent should check their card at this point).

It is of course essential that the teacher (or parent) should explain what is required for a winning pattern before play starts:

• If you want to play a short game: The winning pattern could be any straight line (horizontal, vertical or diagonal) of five marked off squares.

• If you want to play medium-length game: The winning pattern could be any two intersecting straight lines of five marked off squares.

• If you want to play a long game: The winning pattern could be to mark off every square on the bingo card. Please note however, if lots of your students are prone to miss matches, you might never get a winner this way!

• If you have lots of students, and want to have multiple winners: You could have multiple winning patterns - the first winner is the first student to mark off all four corner squares, the second winner is the first student to get a straight line of five marked off squares, the third winner is the first student to get two intersecting lines of five, and the fourth winner is the student who is first to mark off all the squares on their bingo card.

Free Printable Subtraction Bingo Cards & Worksheets

Here are some free printables for playing Subtraction bingo. They include a call sheet (for the teacher or parent to use for bingo calls), and a set of 8 bingo cards to give to students.

Note: The sample call sheet included in the printables, contains the answers to the subtraction problems. The teacher should of course call out problems (and perhaps write them on the blackboard as well), rather than calling out the answers - some suggestions for possible problems to call out are given in the table below the preview window.

To print, please click the Print button in the preview window:

Here are some suggestions for the types of things that the teacher might call out:

 Answer(Printed on the Bingo Cards & Call Sheet) What the Teacher Might Say 1 50 - 49 = or 60 - 59 = or 65 - 64 = or 70 - 69 = or 75 - 74 =etc. 2 50 - 48 = or 60 - 58 = or 65 - 63 = or 70 - 68 = or 75 - 73 =etc. 3 50 - 47 = or 60 - 57 = or 65 - 62 = or 70 - 67 = or 75 - 72 =etc. 4 50 - 46 = or 60 - 56 = or 65 - 61 = or 70 - 66 = or 75 - 71 =etc. 5 50 - 45 = or 60 - 55 = or 65 - 60 = or 70 - 65 = or 75 - 70 =etc. 6 50 - 44 = or 60 - 54 = or 65 - 59 = or 70 - 64 = or 75 - 69 =etc. 7 50 - 43 = or 60 - 53 = or 65 - 58 = or 70 - 63 = or 75 - 68 =etc. 8 50 - 42 = or 60 - 52 = or 65 - 57 = or 70 - 62 = or 75 - 67 =etc. 9 50 - 41 = or 60 - 51 = or 65 - 56 = or 70 - 61 = or 75 - 66 =etc. 10 50 - 40 = or 60 - 50 = or 65 - 55 = or 70 - 60 = or 75 - 65 =etc. 11 50 - 39 = or 60 - 49 = or 65 - 54 = or 70 - 59 = or 75 - 64 =etc. 12 50 - 38 = or 60 - 48 = or 65 - 53 = or 70 - 58 = or 75 - 63 =etc. 13 50 - 37 = or 60 - 47 = or 65 - 52 = or 70 - 57 = or 75 - 62 =etc. 14 50 - 36 = or 60 - 46 = or 65 - 51 = or 70 - 56 = or 75 - 61 =etc. 15 50 - 35 = or 60 - 45 = or 65 - 50 = or 70 - 55 = or 75 - 60 =etc. 16 50 - 34 = or 60 - 44 = or 65 - 49 = or 70 - 54 = or 75 - 59 =etc. 17 50 - 33 = or 60 - 43 = or 65 - 48 = or 70 - 53 = or 75 - 58 =etc. 18 50 - 32 = or 60 - 42 = or 65 - 47 = or 70 - 52 = or 75 - 57 =etc. 19 50 - 31 = or 60 - 41 = or 65 - 46 = or 70 - 51 = or 75 - 56 =etc. 20 50 - 30 = or 60 - 40 = or 65 - 45 = or 70 - 50 = or 75 - 55 =etc. 21 50 - 29 = or 60 - 39 = or 65 - 44 = or 70 - 49 = or 75 - 54 =etc. 22 50 - 28 = or 60 - 38 = or 65 - 43 = or 70 - 48 = or 75 - 53 =etc. 23 50 - 27 = or 60 - 37 = or 65 - 42 = or 70 - 47 = or 75 - 52 =etc. 24 50 - 26 = or 60 - 36 = or 65 - 41 = or 70 - 46 = or 75 - 51 =etc. 25 50 - 25 = or 60 - 35 = or 65 - 40 = or 70 - 45 = or 75 - 50 =etc. 26 50 - 24 = or 60 - 34 = or 65 - 39 = or 70 - 44 = or 75 - 49 =etc. 27 50 - 23 = or 60 - 33 = or 65 - 38 = or 70 - 43 = or 75 - 48 =etc. 28 50 - 22 = or 60 - 32 = or 65 - 37 = or 70 - 42 = or 75 - 47 =etc. 29 50 - 21 = or 60 - 31 = or 65 - 36 = or 70 - 41 = or 75 - 46 =etc. 30 50 - 20 = or 60 - 30 = or 65 - 35 = or 70 - 40 = or 75 - 45 =etc. 31 50 - 19 = or 60 - 29 = or 65 - 34 = or 70 - 39 = or 75 - 44 =etc. 32 50 - 18 = or 60 - 28 = or 65 - 33 = or 70 - 38 = or 75 - 43 =etc. 33 50 - 17 = or 60 - 27 = or 65 - 32 = or 70 - 37 = or 75 - 42 =etc. 34 50 - 16 = or 60 - 26 = or 65 - 31 = or 70 - 36 = or 75 - 41 =etc. 35 50 - 15 = or 60 - 25 = or 65 - 30 = or 70 - 35 = or 75 - 40 =etc. 36 50 - 14 = or 60 - 24 = or 65 - 29 = or 70 - 34 = or 75 - 39 =etc. 37 50 - 13 = or 60 - 23 = or 65 - 28 = or 70 - 33 = or 75 - 38 =etc. 38 50 - 12 = or 60 - 22 = or 65 - 27 = or 70 - 32 = or 75 - 37 =etc. 39 50 - 11 = or 60 - 21 = or 65 - 26 = or 70 - 31 = or 75 - 36 =etc. 40 50 - 10 = or 60 - 20 = or 65 - 25 = or 70 - 30 = or 75 - 35 =etc. 41 50 - 9 = or 60 - 19 = or 65 - 24 = or 70 - 29 = or 75 - 34 =etc. 42 50 - 8 = or 60 - 18 = or 65 - 23 = or 70 - 28 = or 75 - 33 =etc. 43 50 - 7 = or 60 - 17 = or 65 - 22 = or 70 - 27 = or 75 - 32 =etc. 44 50 - 6 = or 60 - 16 = or 65 - 21 = or 70 - 26 = or 75 - 31 =etc. 45 50 - 5 = or 60 - 15 = or 65 - 20 = or 70 - 25 = or 75 - 30 =etc. 46 50 - 4 = or 60 - 14 = or 65 - 19 = or 70 - 24 = or 75 - 29 =etc. 47 50 - 3 = or 60 - 13 = or 65 - 18 = or 70 - 23 = or 75 - 28 =etc. 48 50 - 2 = or 60 - 12 = or 65 - 17 = or 70 - 22 = or 75 - 27 =etc. 49 50 - 1 = or 60 - 11 = or 65 - 16 = or 70 - 21 = or 75 - 26 =etc.

Suggestions for Variations of Subtraction Bingo

Here are some suggestions for variations on Subtraction bingo:
1. Try varying the winning pattern.

2. Try using different subtraction problems.

3. Easier Variation: After the teacher calls out each subtraction problem, she could ask the class to give the answer to that particular problem, before moving on to the next bingo call.

4. More Difficult Variation: Try mixing in other types of problems with the subtraction problems.

How to Create Your Own Subtraction Bingo Cards & Other Materials

The Subtraction bingo printables on this web site were produced using the registered version of the Bingo Card Printer software. You could easily make your own bingo games using the same method.

Here is how to create your own Subtraction bingo cards:
1. Start the Bingo Card Printer.

2. Click New... on the File menu.

3. Choose Blank as the type of new template, then click OK.

Note: Instead of beginning from a blank template, if you wish to, you can start from a non-blank template, for example Numbers 1 to 49, and then use that as a starting point to which you can add additional items, or remove unwanted items.

4. Optionally: If you want to, you can change the colors and/or fonts for the bingo cards using the Colors... or Fonts... options on the Format menu.

5. Optionally: If you want to, you can change the printing options (such as the number of bingo cards to print, or the number of bingo cards per printed page) on the main screen of Bingo Card Printer

6. Click Print... on the File menu. Change any of printer options if you want to, then click OK to begin printing.

Note: If you wish to download the settings that were used to prepare the printables on this page (in order to use them as a starting point for your own work) you can do so:
1. Note: To make use of these materials you will need the registered version of the Bingo Card Printer. The materials were prepared using version 3.20 of Bingo Card Printer, so if you have an older version of the software on your computer, please upgrade to the latest version of the software first.

2. You can download the settings file bingo_subtraction.bcp by clicking here. Save the file to a folder of your choice on computer.

3. Start Bingo Card Printer.

4. Click Open... on the File menu, then select the file that you saved in step 2, and click OK.

5. The template will now open, and you can use it, modify it, etc., as you wish.

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