Tens frames are a great way to teach students mental math skills, such as addition and subtraction within 10, tens combinations, and doubles. I created this 10s frame so my students can put the numbers in context and visualize it better. The bus only has 10 seats, and you can fill it with kids or animals.
Look at the preview file to see me using it to practice adding to 5 with kindergarten students. We pretend the bus is picking up and dropping off kids. At some point, I say, "Tell me about your bus." The student says, "My bus has 3 girls and 2 boys. That makes 5 kids."
When I am teaching the 10s combinations, I use boys and girls to show the two "friends of ten." These mats are also great for modeling fact families under 10.
I have included color and B&W versions.
There are 2 types of kids. Melonheadz kids and more simple kids' heads from Creative Clips. There are a set of animals (also by Creative Clips).
How I suggest using this:
1) Print the bus 10s frames and laminate them for durability.
2) For the markers, you can print on cardstock and laminate them, then cut the squares. For myself, I printed on nice photo paper and did not laminate. The graphics look very crisp on photo paper. I also have a 1-inch diameter circle punch and I punched each picture out so they resemble the normal red/yellow circular markers that are typically used.
3) Great for small group instruction during RTI for those who are more visual and hands on. I highly recommend using this to model word problems, fact families, and so much more.