I designed this base ten page to simulate party tables. I use animal manipulatives to sit in the chairs at each place setting.
The rule is there can be no empty places at the first table before seating critters at second table.
I laminate a class set for each child to use over and over again.
This is a WORK MAT for teacher directed math time activity to teach counting, base ten concepts, problem solving, addition and subtraction. This is NOT a lesson plan but a tool to use with your lessons.
Sample directives (tailor to your grade level):
Three bears came to Sunny's party, red bear came late. How many bears are at the party?
Twelve bunnies came to Joey's party. How many bunnies at the first table? How many left over at the next table? So, we can say twelve is one full table of 10 and 2 extra bunnies at the next table. Or, 12=10+2.
8 bears sat at the first table, and 9 bears sat at the second table. Oh no! They broke the rules, there cannot be empty seats at the first table. Move some bears from the second table to the first table. How many bears are there? So, we can say 8+9 is the same as 10+7.
7 bears arrived to the party, then 2 bunnies arrived late. How many critters are at the party?
If 13 bunnies came to the party, how many more would be needed to make twenty?
Have fun, grab a tub of bears to get started. Students like to make up their own party questions.
When students become proficient at the manipulatives, I give them dry erase markers to write the answer next to table.
Later on I will have students write a number sentence for problem.
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