Place value is a tough topic for our younger students-many of them are not developmentally ready to think abstractly, and place value requires the ability to conceptualize that one thing can equal ten things…
I designed these ten frame doghouses not only because “dogs” are a high interest subject, but to help students understand ‘tens” by imagining a doghouse that can hold 10 dogs and is then “locked up” as “one ten”.
This packet includes 32 approximately 1 ½ inch X 1 ½ inch squares, each with a different dog. After being mounted on cardstock and laminated, the students can explore and play with the dogs on the “dog park” mat. Next, the teacher models counting the dogs, putting them one at a time into the “dog house ten frame”, and then turning the ten frame into a vertical position to look like a “one” in the “tens” section of a place value mat. Individual dogs are added to represent teen numbers, twenties, etc. With modeling and guided practice, the students not only gain experience with place value, they build number sense and a readiness for regrouping in addition and subtraction. Along with the 32 dogs, the packet includes:
A red and blue dog house ten frame
Red tens frames without a roof
Black line ten frames without embellishment
A two page worksheet that can be done as guided practice or independently in which the students fill in the “tens” and “ones” as represented by the tens dog house and dogs
A dog place value card game with instructions, cards, game mats, and tens bars for 2-4 players-students are “dog collectors” and accumulate dogs-the first player to get 100 dogs wins!
The worksheets and game pieces come in color, but print clearly in grayscale format. If you purchase this product and are unhappy with the grayscale copies, please let me know and I’ll create an adaptation for you free of charge.
I am really excited about this unique method of teaching and practicing place value and I wish you success with your students as you become a class of dog collectors. Thank you for your interest in my products!
CCSS Place Value Dog House Ten Frame Math Game and Center Activity
by Amy Bratsos
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