Sometimes I’ll ask a student, “What is the difference between 12 and 8?” and the reply will be something like, “12 is a two digit number, 8 is two circles.” Or there will be an empty look on their face.
Difference is simply another word for subtraction. The difference between 12 and 8 is 4. Other words meaning the same thing are:
➖Subtraction ➖Subtract ➖Take away ➖Less
➖Minus ➖Deduct ➖Decrease ➖Reduce ➖Remove
There are plenty of words that mean the same thing and that can make it tricky for some students.
Ask your child if they know any other words for subtraction and let me know, I’d love to add to this list. - 3 hours ago