Mr. R.’s World of Math

Subtraction Limericks

to be read in limerick style

Addition complained to a ball,
basketball cartoon
Subtraction makes numbers too small!
Things should be large,
Like trucks or a barge,
Giant, and heavy, and tall…

Subtraction is something I try,
To remove what got caught in my eye,
It’s just take away,
At least that’s what they say,
It’s working, but don’t ask me why…

Subtraction shows,
What you might say,
The difference between numbers, hooray!
Between 7 and 9,
Is 2 every time,
I’m using subtraction today!

Subtraction is one type of math,
That puts me on a straight path,
To help me make change,
penny 5 pennies
That’s why it’s so strange ,
To incur my customer’s wrath…

Small squirrel striving for action,
Decided to try some subtraction,
She slurped up some seeds,
And burped as she sneezed,
A subtraction allergic reaction?


If each of my feet grew 2 new toes, how many toes would I have in all?

If 3 of my 10 toes decided to go to the movies, how many toes would I still have on my feet?

How many toes would be on 3 feet? (each foot has 5 toes)



subtraction cat song


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