4. Subtraction word problems for 2nd grade

These subtraction word problems are great for ages 7 and older who are looking to improve their subtracting skills.

Ella downloaded a playlist of 347 songs for her roadtrip. She has listened to 25 song so far, how many songs does she still need to listen to?

322

• Explanation

First write the number sentence. Subtract the smaller number of songs from the larger number of songs:
347 - 25
Now complete the number sentence by finding the difference between 347 and 25:
347 - 25 = 322

Last week there were 105 patients that visited the local hospital. This week there were only 87. How many more patients were there last week than this week?

18

• Explanation

First write the number sentence. Subtract the smaller number of patients from the larger number of patients:
105 - 87
Now complete the number sentence by finding the difference between 105 and 87:
105 - 87 = 18

A coffee shop sold 835 cups of coffee this week, which is 94 more cups of coffee than it sold last week. How many cups of coffee did the coffee shop sell last week?

741

• Explanation

First write the number sentence. Subtract the smaller number of cups from the larger number of cups:
835 - 94
Now complete the number sentence by finding the difference between 835 and 94:
835 - 94 = 741

You saved \$450 last year. You bought your friend a present which cost \$14. How much money do you have left?

\$436

• Explanation

First write the number sentence. Subtract the smaller number of money from the larger number of money:
\$450 - \$14
Now complete the number sentence by finding the difference between 450 and 14:
\$450 - \$14 = \$436

I spent 323 hours practising the piano and last week I spent 379 hours practicing. How many more hours did I practise for last week than this week?

56

• Explanation

First write the number sentence. Subtract the smaller number of hours from the larger number of hours:
379 - 323
Now complete the number sentence by finding the difference between 379 and 323:
379 - 323 = 56

You made 293 doughnuts for the school bake sale. You sold 87 in the first hour. How many do you still need to sell?

206

• Explanation

First write the number sentence. Subtract the smaller number of doughnuts from the larger number of doughnuts:
293 - 87
Now complete the number sentence by finding the difference between 293 and 87:
293 - 87 = 206

You prepared 358 sandwiches for charity. You aim to make a total of 895. How many sandwiches must you still make?

537

• Explanation

First write the number sentence. Subtract the smaller number of 895 from the larger number of 358:
895 - 358
Now complete the number sentence by finding the difference between 895 and 358:
895 - 358 = 537

Derek and his friends baked 877 cupcakes for their store. He sold 39 as soon as the store opened. How many cupcakes does he still need to sell?

838

• Explanation

First write the number sentence. Subtract the smaller number of cupcakes from the larger number of cupcakes:
877 - 39
Now complete the number sentence by finding the difference between 877 and 39:
877 - 39 = 838

A nursery planted 503 saplings. Only 26 saplings failed to grow. How many saplings successfully grew into trees?

477

• Explanation

First write the number sentence. Subtract the smaller number of saplings from the larger number of saplings:
503 - 26
Now complete the number sentence by finding the difference between 503 and 26:
503 - 26 = 477