Basic Operations – Neat Notebook

What is a neat notebook anyway? It’s where you get to sit by the fire with a friend and a hot cocoa to discuss and compare a topic in math. This first topic is the Basic Operations, which are addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. We’re going to look at the standard algorithm for each of those algorithms and see if we notice any patterns. We’ll also see if we know all the important vocabulary words associated with these algorithms!


  • Addend: A number that you add to another number.
  • Sum: The answer you get when you add two or more numbers together.
  • Minuend: The number you start with when you’re doing subtraction.
  • Subtrahend: The number you’re taking away in a subtraction problem.
  • Difference: The answer you get when you subtract one number from another.
  • Factor: A number that is multiplied by another number.
  • Product: The answer you get when you multiply two or more numbers together.
  • Dividend: The number that you’re dividing into smaller parts.
  • Divisor: The number that you’re using to divide the larger number into smaller parts.
  • Quotient: The answer you get when you divide one number by another.
  • Standard Algorithm: A step-by-step process for solving math problems.
  • Commutative Property: The idea that you can change the order of numbers when you’re adding or multiplying without changing the answer.
  • Order of Operations: A rule that tells you which math operations to do first when you have more than one operation in a problem.
  • Borrowing: When you need to take a number from the next column over when you’re doing subtraction.
  • Place Value: The value of a digit based on its position in a number.
  • Remainder: The amount left over after you divide a number into equal parts.

Watch the video to learn how to do a basic operations neat notebook.

Next time you can lead one yourself!

All you have to do is draw the vertical and horizontal lines across your paper, draw the operators +, -, x, and /.

Finally, ask everyone to choose two numbers that you’ll add, subtract, multiply, and divide.

Be sure to adjust one of them for division if you need to.

ChatGPT Write Me a Story – using my vocab words!

Once upon a time, there was a young girl named Lily who loved math. She was always curious about the different math operations and would ask her parents to teach her more about them. One day, her parents decided to take her to a math competition at their local school.

Lily was very excited to participate in the math competition. The first problem she had to solve was to find the difference between two numbers. She quickly realized that the minuend was larger than the subtrahend, and so she subtracted the subtrahend from the minuend to get the difference.

The next problem was to find the product of two numbers. Lily knew that she had to multiply the two factors together to get the product. She did the multiplication in her head and got the correct answer.

Then, she had to solve a division problem where she had to find the quotient of two numbers. She remembered that the dividend was the number being divided and the divisor was the number that it was being divided by. She divided the two numbers and found the quotient.

The last problem was to use the standard algorithm to add two numbers together. Lily remembered the commutative property, which meant that she could add the numbers in any order. She followed the order of operations to solve the problem and got the correct sum.

At the end of the competition, Lily had solved all the problems correctly and was declared the winner. She was very happy and proud of herself for using her math skills to win the competition.

On the way home, Lily’s parents asked her how she had learned all of these math concepts so well. Lily replied that it was all thanks to her love of math and her understanding of place value. Her parents were very impressed and proud of their little math whiz.

As they drove home, Lily realized that she had forgotten one thing – borrowing. She laughed and told her parents that she would remember it next time. They all smiled and continued on their journey home, excited for the next math competition.