Party Balloon Subtraction

Subject: Math

Lesson Length: 30 min.

Topic: Solving Word Problems With Subtraction

Grade Level: 3

Objective: Evaluation, Narration



Solve two-step word problems using the four operations. 

Brief Description: Students will better understand addition and subtraction by solving and creating multi-step 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 pick from to create their comic. 

Party Balloon Subtraction - Exemplar comic, panel 1 Party Balloon Subtraction - Exemplar comic, panel 2 Party Balloon Subtraction - Exemplar comic, panel 3


  • 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 in the sample, the comic should depict a real life subtraction problem.
  • The last panel should show the solution to their problem. 

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


  • Provide more complex or simplistic subtraction problems as needed
  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature as needed 
  • Have real-life examples ready for students to choose from 

Resources: Example comic to print or display: Comic 1.