Math: Elementary School: 1st and 2nd Grade Quiz - Which Symbol Should We Use? - Addition, Subtraction and Equals Signs (Questions)

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Recognising, selecting and using the right symbol in a number sentence is vital. A good understanding of what the addition, subtraction and equals signs look like, what they mean in math, and what they do to numbers is a really important area of development. Understanding the language associated with the addition, subtraction and equals signs will help children calculate accurately.

How much do you know about the symbols used in math?

1. What does this symbol mean: +
[ ] Adding or addition
[ ] Subtracting or subtraction
[ ] Is the answer
[ ] Is the same as
2. What does this symbol mean: -
[ ] Multiplication
[ ] Addition or adding
[ ] Subtracting or subtraction
[ ] Division
3. What does this symbol mean: =
[ ] My answer is
[ ] Is equal to or the same as
[ ] Dividing
[ ] Multiplying
4. Which symbol is missing from this calculation:
3 ? 6 = 9
[ ] +
[ ] -
[ ] =
[ ] x
5. Which symbol is missing from this calculation:
6 - 2 ? 4
[ ] x
[ ] +
[ ] =
[ ] -
6. Which symbol is missing from this calculation:
4 ? 1 = 3
[ ] ÷
[ ] =
[ ] +
[ ] -
7. What is wrong with this number sentence:
7 + 3 = 4
[ ] The addition sign should be a subtraction sign
[ ] The addition sign is in the wrong place
[ ] The equal sign is in the wrong place
[ ] The numbers are too small
8. Which symbol could be used instead of the words in brackets?
5 (plus) 5 = 10
[ ] -
[ ] =
[ ] +
[ ] ÷
9. Which symbol could be used instead of the words in brackets?
5 (minus) 5 = 0
[ ] x
[ ] =
[ ] +
[ ] -
10. Which symbol could be used instead of the words in brackets?
5 + 4 (is equal to) 9
[ ] +
[ ] =
[ ] -
[ ] x
Math: Elementary School: 1st and 2nd Grade Quiz - Which Symbol Should We Use? - Addition, Subtraction and Equals Signs (Answers)
1. What does this symbol mean: +
[x] Adding or addition
[ ] Subtracting or subtraction
[ ] Is the answer
[ ] Is the same as
It is used when numbers are added together, for example 4 + 5 = 9
2. What does this symbol mean: -
[ ] Multiplication
[ ] Addition or adding
[x] Subtracting or subtraction
[ ] Division
This symbol is used in subtraction calculations, such as 5 - 3 = 2
3. What does this symbol mean: =
[ ] My answer is
[x] Is equal to or the same as
[ ] Dividing
[ ] Multiplying
Many people think this symbol means 'is the answer' but it really means 'is equal to'
4. Which symbol is missing from this calculation:
3 ? 6 = 9
[x] +
[ ] -
[ ] =
[ ] x
If you add 3 and 6, the answer is 9
5. Which symbol is missing from this calculation:
6 - 2 ? 4
[ ] x
[ ] +
[x] =
[ ] -
6 - 2 is equal to, or the same as 4
6. Which symbol is missing from this calculation:
4 ? 1 = 3
[ ] ÷
[ ] =
[ ] +
[x] -
Subtracting 1 from 4 gives an answer of 3
7. What is wrong with this number sentence:
7 + 3 = 4
[x] The addition sign should be a subtraction sign
[ ] The addition sign is in the wrong place
[ ] The equal sign is in the wrong place
[ ] The numbers are too small
If you change - for +, the answer becomes correct
8. Which symbol could be used instead of the words in brackets?
5 (plus) 5 = 10
[ ] -
[ ] =
[x] +
[ ] ÷
Plus is another word for add
9. Which symbol could be used instead of the words in brackets?
5 (minus) 5 = 0
[ ] x
[ ] =
[ ] +
[x] -
Minus is another way of saying subtract or take away
10. Which symbol could be used instead of the words in brackets?
5 + 4 (is equal to) 9
[ ] +
[x] =
[ ] -
[ ] x
This symbol means 'is equal to' or 'is the same as'