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We love learning to add in Kindergarten! Once you've introduced addition and the notation for adding, pull out the addition number puzzles for a fun game to practice! Help Kinders practice counting, addition and subitizing numbers with these puzzles for numbers 1-10!

During 2nd quarter in Kindergarten, when our CC Math focuses on addition within numbers 1-5 I pull out the addition puzzles for the numbers 1-5! By 3rd quarter, we are working on adding numbers within 10 and I take out numbers 6-10 so the Kinders can begin to build number sense with those larger quantities. By the end of the year, the students are doing all ten number addition fact puzzles by themselves!
How many puzzles you take out and how many children you have working on them is up to you and what your children need. Here are some ways I do it:

Independent work: I give one child two numbers and mix their pieces up. The child has to put the two puzzles back together. (For more challenge, add more puzzles!)

Small groups/Math Centers: I separate 3-4 number puzzles and their pieces and give each member of the group one number puzzle to solve for. If we are talking about greater than/less than I have the children partner, draw a piece and compare them to see whose is greater and whose is less.

Free choice: I've printed sets of 3-4 number puzzles on the same color paper and put them in bags for the children to play as a game in small groups during free choice. (Ex: On pink paper, I printed and cut puzzles 3, 5, 6, and 7--On orange paper, I printed and cut puzzles 7, 8, 9, and 10)

Let me know how you use them in your classroom and what you think at samantha.ashlin@gmail.com. This is also where you can contact me with your questions or concerns about this file.

Also, check out my subitizing puzzles for Kinders just starting to understand number quantities in Quarter 1:
SUBITIZING PUZZLES

Happy Teaching!
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