This unit is part of the subtraction portion of the Mental Math Strategy Collection
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Mental Math Units: the Complete Subtraction Collection
Using Ten is a mental math strategy for subtraction that involves changing a number to "10" and then adding on the remainder to solve a subtraction equation. For example, in the equation 13-8, a student would first perform the equation 10-8=2, and then add 3 more to make a total difference of 5.
Using Ten is an important strategy to learn, as it will enable students to use mental math to calculate differences using a sequence of steps. Additionally, learning this strategy will equip students with the skills needed to use similar strategies for other equations. For example, once a student has mastered how to "use ten," he might begin to "use twenty" for an equation such as 24-19=___. As students master this strategy, you will likely notice them using it in many different circumstances.
This mental math strategy unit includes materials and printables that will help your students learn and practice the strategy of using ten. Included is independent seat work, flashcards, center activities, large group kinesthetic learning activities and more!
Additionally, at the end of this unit you will find a special BONUS section that will provide practice with using multiples of ten. This can be used as a follow up to the main activities in this unit, or as enrichment for students that are easily grasping the main concepts in this unit.
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Mental Math Strategy Units by Shelley Gray
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Mental Math Subtraction Strategies on YouTube