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30+ Missing Minuend Word Problems Math | Free Worksheets

Just like finding missing subtrahends, another fun activity regarding subtraction is finding missing minuend. If you have got the basics of subtraction, then finding missing minuend is easy for you. That’s why we have brought you some missing minuend word problems.

Here, instead of giving small and direct math problems, we will present the missing minuend problems in simple words. We will co-relate the minuend problems with our daily life activities and then present them in simple word problems.

Word problems are a good way to understand this type of missing minuend subtraction problems. These problems will also enhance your thinking ability.

In this article, we will provide you some fun activities and free worksheets regarding missing minuend word problems. Let’s start our journey.

Introduction to Missing Minuend in Math

Before starting our activities, let’s get familiarized with missing subtrahends and minuends. You may be thinking what these two are? Let’s look at the first problem in the following picture.

A simple subtraction problem right? From the problem we can say that, by subtracting a subtrahend from a minuend we can get the difference.

If we get that, then go on to the next line. Here you can see there is something missing from the equation. The number on the left side of the negative sign is not present. Now the question is if the number is the bigger or the smaller one? The bigger one missing.

So, if the number from which another smaller number is taken away in a subtraction then it is called the missing minuend.

Like the third problem on the image, if the smaller number or the number that is taken from the minuend is absent then it is called a missing subtrahend.

Explaining Missing Minuend and Subtrehand

4 Fun Activities to Solve Missing Minuend in Word Problems

After so much theory crafting, let’s start today’s journey. In the following section, you can see some fun filled activities and worksheets related to missing minuend word problems. Unlike the term, it is much easier to solve the activities and find the answers. We believe these activities along with the worksheets will be helpful for your youngsters to strengthen their grasp on these types of problems.

Also, in the given missing minuend word problems pdf, you will  find various practice worksheets regarding missing minuend. These worksheets will be suitable for your youngsters ranging from grade 1 to grade 6. Before solving any of the following problems you have to remember the following things

  • Firstly, mark the given values from the problem.
  • Then, from the problem, try to figure out what you have to find? A missing subtrahend or a missing minuend?
  • How will you understand?
  • If the number from which another number is taken away is absent, then it is a minuend.
  • Otherwise, if the number taken away is asked to find, then it is a subtrahend.
  • The bigger number will always be on the right side of the minus sign and the smaller one will be on the left side of the sign.
  • Switch the place of the given value from left to right to find the unknown one.
  • Remember to change the sign after switching from left to right or vice versa.
  • Finally, after the calculation, get your desired answer.

Activity 1: Find the Missing Cake in Math Problem

Let’s start with a simple activity. Suppose your mother is making a fruit cake. Help her to cut the cakes in equal amounts of pieces for you and your school friends. 

Determining Cake Pieces by Utlilizing Missing Minuend.

Activity 2: Missing Birds Word Problems

Do you love playing angry birds? We also do. So, we are thinking of making this activity based on your favorite angry bird characters.

What do you think? Will you help us to find the missing minuend? 

Helping Angry Birds to Find Their Eggs Using Missing Minuend

Activity 3: Minion Themed Missing Minued Math Problem

Minions. A fun loving and spirit filled creature. This time, you can take help from them to find your missing subtrahend. Then, why are you thinking? Let’s start this fun-filled activity. 

Finding Number of Minions Using Missing Minuend

Activity 4: Finding Missing Dogs Math

It’s 5 o’clock in the evening. Time for giving food to your doggy friends. Hurry and set their eating trays and solve the below-given simple missing minuend problem. 

Missing Minuend Word Problems to Find Hungry Pet

Finding Missing Subtrahend Word Problem

Just like the previous discussion, finding subtrahend is also a subtraction problem. This time, we will find the number we took,  rather than finding the minuend.

That means, we will find the number which was taken from the minuend or the total. Let’s start with the missing subtrahend word problem. 

Finding Missing Subtrehand

Download Free Printable PDF

In the above discussion, I have discussed some fun activities regarding missing minuend word problems in various worksheets that are suitable for grade 1, 2, 3 to grade 6 students. These examples will help your students enhance their skills regarding these types of missing minuend word problems.

The free missing minuend word problems pdf is available for download below. You can download this practice sheet by clicking on the download button and printing it from your device.

  Please feel free to give any feedback regarding this article. Also, if your little one is having trouble doing these activities, let us know in the comment section.


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