Teaching students difficult strategies such as make a ten to add can be a REAL headache, especially if our little ones haven’t yet mastered all the number combinations of ten. These Making Ten Activities will give your kids the practice they need, while keeping them engaged!
This Resource Includes:
✎ 6 Engaging Activities for Math Centers
that will give your students the practice they need to MASTER those combinations to ten and ultimately crush the make a ten to add strategy!
✎ Visual Instruction Cards with
that allow your students to complete these activities independently or with a partner/group without interrupting you while you work with other students.
Who This Resource is For
• Kindergarten teachers who want to give their students practice with decomposing the number ten.
• First grade teachers who want to help their students master combinations to ten before introducing complex addition strategies like make a ten to add
• Second grade (and up) teachers that want to give extra practice to students who haven’t yet mastered combinations to ten and need a little extra support.
Why I Use Make a Ten Activities with my Class
In a perfect world, I’d be able to teach my students how us the use the make a ten to add strategy exactly when my district math program directs me to in the scope and sequence.
Truth is, I’ve done that and… it didn’t go well.
While some students grasped the strategy immediately- most of them couldn’t follow all of the steps. It was taking up too much brain power just to remember the ways to make ten that they didn’t have anything left for figuring out the rest of the problem.
At that point, I realized I needed to take several steps back and address the root of the problem. Although my students learned how to decompose the number ten in kindergarten, many had forgotten (or perhaps didn’t learn it in the first place). How could I realistically teach them how to make a ten to add, when they didn’t know how to make a ten?
So, I created fun activities that could be used in math centers that would spiral review this skill. My students LOVED
the activities and the repetition helped them remember the combinations. When we were ready to start the harder addition strategies, they were READY
. It was a cinch. Those very activities inspired me to create the unicorn themed activities in this pack!
Once my students have a solid grasp on all the combinations of ten, we start working on the Make a Ten to Add
strategy. Differentiated activities help me break this challenging strategy down into manageable parts so ALL
of my students are successful. Click here
to check out my differentiated Make a Ten
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