Welcome to our 3-Digit Subtraction Worksheets page for 2nd Grade.

Here you will find a wide range of free printable subtraction worksheets, as well as clearly explained steps to help your child learn to subtract 3-digit numbers.

There is also a video and several worked examples to help you understand how the standard subtraction method works.

The worksheets are graded so that the easier ones are at the top.

This page contains a range of resources to help you learn and practice your 3-digit subtraction skills.

We have several worked examples so you can see how to work out different subtractions step-by-step.

We also have a range of worksheets suitable for different levels of ability.

The worksheets have been divided into three sections, with the easiest section first:

- The first section contains worksheets with no regrouping needed;
- The second section contains subtraction worksheets with regrouping;
- The third section contains more challenging subtraction worksheets.

Using these sheets will help your child to:

- subtract 3 digit numbers with and without regrouping
- set out a 3-digit subtraction problem correctly
- solve more complex 3 digit subtraction problems.

Here are some of the parts of a column subtraction that we refer to in our examples:

- The minuend is the number that you are subtracting from. It is on top.
- The subtrahend is the number that you are subtracting. It is underneath.
- The difference is the number (answer) that you are trying to find.

Step 1) Subtract the Ones digit of the subtrahend from the Ones digit of the minuend.

- Write the number of Ones below the line in the Ones place.
- If the Ones digit underneath is greater than the Ones digit above then take a ten from the minuend and convert it into 10 ones.
- If the Ones digit underneath is greater and there are no Tens in the minuend, then take one Hundred from the minuend and convert it into 10 Tens. Then take one of the tens and convert it into 10 Ones.

We exchange one Ten into 10 Ones. There is now 1 Ten and 13 Ones.

Now we can subtract the Ones: 13 - 6 = 7

Step 2) Subtract the Tens digit of the subtrahend from the Tens digit of the minuend.

- Write the number of Tens below the line in the Tens place.
- If the tens digit underneath is greater than the ones digit above then take a ten from the minuend and convert it into 10 tens.

We exchange one Hundred into 10 Tens. There are now 7 Hundreds and 11 Tens.

Now we can subtract the Tens: 11 - 9 = 2

Step 3) Subtract the Hundreds digit of the subtrahend from the Hundreds digit of the minuend.

- Write the number of Hundreds below the line in the Hundreds place.

Subtracting the Hundreds gives us: 7 - 4 = 3

This gives us a final answer of 823 - 496 = 327

This example does not need any regrouping.

Step 1) Subtract the Ones digit of the subtrahend from the Ones digit of the minuend.

Subtracting the Ones gives us: 6 - 4 = 2.

Step 2) Subtract the Tens digit of the subtrahend from the Tens digit of the minuend.

Subtracting the Tens gives us: 5 - 1 = 4.

Step 3) Subtract the Hundreds digit of the subtrahend from the Hundreds digit of the minuend.

Subtracting the Hundreds gives us: 4 - 2 = 2.

This gives us a final answer of 456 - 214 = 242

Step 1) Subtract the Ones digit of the subtrahend from the Ones digit of the minuend.

Subtracting the Ones gives us: 7 - 4 = 3

Step 2) Subtract the Tens digit of the subtrahend from the Tens digit of the minuend.

- If the tens digit underneath is greater than the ones digit above then take a ten from the minuend and regroup it into 10 tens.

We need to take 1 Hundred and regroup it into 10 Tens. We now have 2 Hundreds and 12 Tens.

Now we can subtract the Tens: 12 - 5 = 7

Step 3) Subtract the Hundreds digit of the subtrahend from the Hundreds digit of the minuend.

Subtracting the Hundreds gives us: 2 - 1 = 1.

This gives us a final answer of 327 - 154 = 173

Step 1) Subtract the Ones digit of the subtrahend from the Ones digit of the minuend.

- If the Ones digit underneath is greater than the Ones digit above then take a ten from the minuend and regroup it into 10 ones.

We need to take 1 Ten and regroup it into 10 Ones. We now have 5 Tens and 11 Ones.

Now we can subtract the Ones: 11 - 9 = 2

Step 2) Subtract the Tens digit of the subtrahend from the Tens digit of the minuend.

Subtracting the Tens gives us: 5 - 3 = 2

Step 3) Subtract the Hundreds digit of the subtrahend from the Hundreds digit of the minuend.

Subtracting the Hundreds gives us: 8 - 6 = 2.

This gives us a final answer of 861 - 639 = 222

Step 1) Subtract the Ones digit of the subtrahend from the Ones digit of the minuend.

- If the Ones digit underneath is greater and there are no Tens in the minuend, then take one Hundred from the minuend and regroup it into 10 Tens. Then take one of the tens and regroup it into 10 Ones.

We need to take 1 Ten and regroup it into 10 Ones. Since there are no Tens, we need to take 1 Hundred and regroup it into 10 Tens.

We now have 5 Hundreds and 10 Tens.

We can now take 1 Ten and regroup it into 10 Ones. We now have 5 Hundred, 9 Tens and 12 Ones.

We can now subtract the Ones: 12 - 5 = 7

Step 2) Subtract the Tens digit of the subtrahend from the Tens digit of the minuend.

Subtracting the Tens gives us: 9 - 7 = 2

Step 3) Subtract the Hundreds digit of the subtrahend from the Hundreds digit of the minuend.

Subtracting the Hundreds gives us: 5 - 3 = 2.

This gives us a final answer of 602 - 375 = 227

The first three sheets here involve subtracting 3 digit numbers, where no regrouping is needed.

They are all at the same level of difficulty.

The last sheet involves setting out 3-digit subtraction problems with no regrouping correctly and then solving them.

- Sheet 1 involves only 3-digit subtraction with regrouping from tens to ones.
- Sheet 2 involves regrouping from hundreds to tens only.
- Sheet 3 involves regrouping from hundreds to tens, or tens to ones, but not both.
- Sheets 4 to 6 involve 3-digit subtraction with regrouping and are at a similar level.
- Sheets 7 and 8 involve setting out 3-digit subtraction problems and then solving them.

The following sheets are for kids who are confident with 3-digit subtraction and want something a bit more challenging!

To solve the problems, you have to fill in the missing digits by working backwards and thinking carefully!

Take a look at some more of our worksheets similar to these.

Take a look at our Subtraction With Regrouping Worksheet Generator.

You can create your own subtraction worksheets with your own range of numbers.

You can use numbers up to 7 digits, and also include decimals.

Here you will some of our other Second Grade Subtraction Worksheets.

The following worksheets involve using the Second Grade Math skills of subtracting numbers, and solving subtraction problems.

Using these sheets will help your child to:

- know their subtraction facts to 20;
- know how addition and subtraction are related to each other;
- solving subtraction word problems up to 100.

We also have some more grade subtraction worksheets at easier and harder levels than those on this page.

Take a look at our 2-digit or 4-digit subtraction worksheets, or try some decimal subtraction!

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