Students fluent in ten facts can use ten facts as a strategy to memorize other math facts or subtract larger numbers with ease using the “all from nine last from ten” strategy. (See Special Ten Lock Strategy for more info.)
This packet is designed to be used with math rods like Cuisenaire Rods. Through story, hands-on manipulatives and practice, students create strong multi-sensory memories that help them nail these important math facts for ten.
Touch, See, Imagine
To improve memorization, students are encouraged to be hands-on with the manipulative during the introduction of the ten facts. Worksheets provide students opportunity to move from touch to eyesight. Additionally, to move the student toward memorization, the poem story provides playful context for students to imagine the math facts easing students into the abstract.
The combination of sensory, sight and imagination stimulates the mind for a multisensory experience which creates stronger memories for students without the stress of drill memorization.
The following packet contains a poem to help students memorize the math facts for ten. The first worksheet includes the poem and the opportunity to match the numbers.
There is a memory matching card game to help students practice. Print on cardstock/laminate for durability.
On pages 6-9, there is a booklet for students to color and put together. Assuming students work with math rods, they would color the rods to the right of the page to correspond with math facts featured for each page.
The remaining pages are practice worksheets and answer sheets to help students solidify these math facts in a variety of contexts from addition to subtraction to the inclusion of a number line. Math rods with number lines help students bridge into the abstraction of number lines.