# 1 Digit Subtraction Worksheets

### About These 15 Worksheets

Single digit subtraction worksheets will help students understand and practice the fundamental concept of subtraction. To make this concept more concrete, let’s imagine that you have ten delicious candy bars. If you decide to share three candy bars with your friend, you can use subtraction to find out how many candy bars you have left. You would subtract three (the candy bars you gave away) from ten (the total candy bars you had initially). This operation (10 – 3) equals seven, which means you now have seven candy bars left. Single Digit Subtraction Worksheets help you practice these types of operations over and over again until you become proficient at them.

These worksheets consist of a series of math problems, each involving the subtraction of single-digit numbers (numbers from 0 to 9). For example, a problem might ask you to find the answer to “5 – 2” or “8 – 3”. Sometimes, the problems are presented in a horizontal format (5 – 2 = ), and other times in a vertical format.

The main goal of the worksheets is to provide you with an opportunity to practice subtraction and gradually improve your skills in this area. They also help us improve our:

**Understanding of the Subtraction Concept** – Subtraction is one of the four basic arithmetic operations, alongside addition, multiplication, and division. By using worksheets, you become more familiar with this operation, understanding that subtraction is taking away or reducing the amount of something. You begin to understand that when you subtract a number from another, the result is a smaller number or zero.

**Mental Math Skills** – With consistent practice, these worksheets can help you develop mental math skills, meaning you can do math “in your head” without needing a calculator or paper. For example, after working through several problems subtracting 3 from other single-digit numbers, you may start to remember the results automatically. This is an essential skill not just for advanced math, but for everyday tasks like shopping, cooking, and scheduling.

**Problem-Solving Skills** – Subtraction is used in a variety of more complex math problems. The more comfortable you are with basic subtraction, the easier these problems will become. For instance, problems involving comparison or calculation of change involve subtraction. Knowing how to subtract efficiently will help you solve these problems more quickly and confidently.

**Confidence** – Every time you complete a worksheet and get the answers right, it boosts your confidence in your math abilities. This increased self-assuredness can motivate you to tackle more complex math problems and concepts, knowing that you’ve mastered the basics.

**Preparation for Advanced Mathematical Operations** – Understanding subtraction is critical to learning more complex mathematical concepts in the future, such as negative numbers, fractions, and algebra. All of these areas require a solid understanding of subtraction.