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Decimal Subtraction Worksheets

Decimal values lend themselves to all types of financial transactions. This is because the whole number represents dollars and everything to the right of the decimal point indicates cents. We trade money for all types of goods and services. When you pay bills, you are constantly subtracting decimal values. Every bill that you pay will subtract a decimal value from the money you have accumulated and saved. As you can skill this is a skill that holds a great deal of importance in your life as you get older and more mature. These lessons and worksheets help students learn to be able to find the differences between two decimal values.

Aligned Standard: 5.NBT.7

  • Answer Keys - These are for all the unlocked materials above.

Homework Sheets

The curriculum calls for only hundredths, but I like to go to the thousandths when practicing the skill.

  • Homework 1 - These start with the minimal need for carrying values down.
  • Homework 2 - The value stay under one hundred.
  • Homework 3 - Everything is step up vertically.

Practice Worksheets

I tried to use top heavy and bottom heavy numbers here.

  • Practice 1 - What does the zero in the tens place mean to you?
  • Practice 2 - These all go out to the thousandths place.
  • Practice 3 - Don't forget to cap off that last value.

Math Skill Quizzes

Get ready for a whole bunch of carrying the numbers.

  • Quiz 1 - Each problem will require you to do several carries.
  • Quiz 2 - Once again the wild odd zero makes an appearance.
  • Quiz 3 - Do this all the way as best you can.

How to Properly Subtract Decimals

The concept of a decimal is very straight forward you have some whole values and then some parts of a whole value. Let’s say you were carrying around a box of chocolate bars and then your favorite puppy helped himself to one of them. By the time you caught him, he gnawed off a bit of a bar. But it is chocolate, you can’t let that stuff go and just throw it out. Out of your dismay you break off the bitten end and you are left with two-thirds of a bar. So now you have the remaining whole bars and 0.67 of a bar. Have you not been a fan of decimals very much? Well, if not, then you will be now. Decimals can seem intimidating unless you try giving a chance to them. If you've had an experience of adding decimals before and found it pretty interesting, then you might as well find subtracting them interesting too.

Subtracting decimals is similar to adding decimals. To know how this works, let's take a look at the following steps to make subtraction easy for you:

1. Make sure to write the smaller decimal number under the larger one with the decimal in a column. Take the numbers and write them down, one below the other, in a way that the decimal points line up.

2. Add zeros to the number to make them the same length as one another, if they are not.

3. Now start with the subtraction process and subtract normally. We start at the lowest place value and work our way up, until we complete the problem.

4. The last step is to place the decimal point down in the answer in the same place as the numbers above it.

5.04 - 1.007

Example problem: 5.04 – 1.007


Step 1: Line them up at the decimal point.

Step 2: Pad them with zeroes to make them have the same number of places.

Step 3: Subtract as you normally would.

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