Party Balloon Subtraction

Subject: Math

Lesson Length: 30 mins

Topic: Solving Word Problems With Subtraction

Grade Level: 3

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will better understand addition and subtraction by solving and creating multistep word problems.

Know Before You Start: Students should have an understanding of how addition and subtraction are used in daily life. Have a list of subtraction problems that students can choose from to create their comic. 


  • Read and discuss the sample comic.  Which operations will Arlette need to use to solve the problem? Are there any key words that helped?  

  • Solve the word problem as a class.


  • Assign students a subtraction problem and have them create a comic to demonstrate their understanding.

  • As shown in the sample, the comic should depict a real-life subtraction problem.

  • The last panel should show the solution to their problem. 


  • As a class or in small groups, have students share and discuss their word problem comics. 


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature as needed. 
  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.
  • Provide more complex or simplistic subtraction problems as needed.

  • Have real-life examples ready for students to choose from. 


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.