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Friends of Ten Booklet

Written by Donna Boucher

Donna has been a teacher, math instructional coach, interventionist, and curriculum coordinator. A frequent speaker at state and national conferences, she shares her love for math with a worldwide audience through her website, Math Coach’s Corner. Donna is also the co-author of Guided Math Workshop.

In our number system, ten holds a special place. And ten-frames are a wonderful tool for exploring combinations for ten. But we don’t want students to think that there is only one way to show ten on a ten-frame.

This little booklet has three types of pages: (1) dots starting in the upper left corner, (2) dots in random placements, and (3) empty ten-frames students can use to show their own combinations.

Click here to grab your copy.  Enjoy!

68 Comments

  1. Charlotte

    This is exactly what I have been looking for! Today I introduced a ten wand and I was looking for something to do with them tomorrow to get them thinking in number sentences. Thank you!!

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    • Donna Boucher

      You’re welcome, Charlotte! Glad it came at just the right time. 🙂

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  2. Vivian Walker

    Thanks, Donna 🙂 My class started using this today. We will complete 1 column each day, as a quick quiz, and note the time taken at the bottom of the column (my kids ranged from 1-4 minutes). My cover only had the border, so I got the kids to write the numbers 1-10 across the bottom, and then joined up the ‘friends’ (4and 6, 3 and 7 etc)-one by one- each in a different colour. That gave us the look of a rainbow. It was amazing to watch some kids have an ‘aha’ moment!-from a simple rainbow! It was also an opportunity to focus on the tricky spelling of ‘friends’. One thing I found was that a couple of students were confused by the “3 + = 10” prompts (even though the intention was that the prompts would help the strugglers. It would be interesting to know what other teachers find. Hope some of you find the booklet useful! Thanks again, Donna 🙂

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    • Donna Boucher

      Hey, Vivian! Thanks for the extra information about how you’re using the book. I really appreciate that you shared it with me!

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    • Anonymous

      Thanks a lot for this booklet! Perfect for next week.
      Ylva from Sweden

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  3. Patty

    Great booklet! Thanks to both of you for sharing!

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    • Donna Boucher

      Glad you like it, Patty!

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  4. Sara Franza

    Meeting you was one of the best experiences EVER!!!! Love that we have a virtual and real life friendship. Hope we get together again soon. You are even more amazing in real life!! Thank you for all you do to help so many of use grow as educators!!

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    • Donna Boucher

      Hey, sweet friend! I would love to come visit again. Maybe springtime in Florida? 🙂

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  5. snowdoll

    Thank you. I needed more ways for my kiddos to practice making ten and this activity is perfect!

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    • Donna Boucher

      You are SO right! You can never have enough activities for making ten!

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  6. Genie Adams

    Thank you Donna and Vivien! This is perfect for me to share with my teachers1

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    • Donna Boucher

      Thanks for passing it on, Genie! 🙂

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  7. Heidi Butkus

    Hi!
    Thanks for sharing!
    I noticed that there are not directions on the booklet. I know I am supposed to already know what to do with it, but am I guessing right if I assume that the children are supposed to fill in the missing parts of the equations?
    Heidi

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    • Vivian Walker

      Hi Heidi
      Students write the short date at the top of the column. Then we do a timed quiz. They write the whole sum below each ten frame.( Initially, some of my kids found the prompt confusing, but this was OK after we completed a bunch of examples together. ) I use my phone’s timer, and write the times on the board as each child finishes. They write their time at the bottom of the column. We do this quiz at the beginning of each lesson, daily.

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    • Vivian Walker

      Yes, they write the missing parts, or the entire sum if there is nothing written as a prompt.

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  8. Kim Schoeler

    Donna,
    You always seem to post the things I need the most at just the right time! I was thrilled to see this tonight!! I will be using it tomorrow! Thank you SO much!!
    Kim Schoeler

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    • Donna Boucher

      Glad it’s something that will be useful to you, Kim!

      Reply
  9. Izzysmim

    I have some students who need help developing fluency with their facts to ten. This will help so much! Thanks for sharing!

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    • sherri webber

      This will come in handy! I teach grade one and have a few students struggling with the ‘power of ten’ concept!
      Thanks for sharing this:)

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  10. Beth Korda

    Looks like you reposted this from an earlier time. Thanks! I love the support for the struggling learners and the review for the others. Can’t wait to use it. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Donna Boucher

      Yes, Beth, because I have new Facebook followers all the time, I regularly repost earlier blog posts. Glad you like this one!

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  11. Mezz

    Thank you very much….as an intern without funds, I’m always looking for freebies. Thank You.!!!!

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  12. Светлана Олещенко

    Спасибо вам!Отличное пособие!

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    • Donna Boucher

      Thanks to Google translator, I found out this means, “Thank you ! Great benefits !”. 🙂

      I hope this is right…Вы очень приветствуем!

      Reply
  13. Anonymous

    Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Judy T.

    Thanks Donna and Vivian. This looks so great. Can’t wait to use it with my kiddos. We are working so hard to master the new standards and I am always looking for new ways outside my tired old Saxon!

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  15. Deme

    Thanks Donna. A great resource to add to my “Make Ten” folder. Thanks for sharing .It’s free as well. What a bonus!

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    • Donna Boucher

      Free is always good, right Deme! Glad it’s “folder” worthy. 🙂

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  16. Mrs, Burkett

    Thank you so much for this fun activity of making tens. We are doing some end of the reviewing and this is perfect. Thank you again.

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    • Donna Boucher

      So glad it’s something you find useful!

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  17. Amy Burton

    This is fabulous!

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    • Donna Boucher

      Good to hear from you, Amy!!

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  18. Rebecca

    My teachers are going to love this, you rock!!!!!

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    • Donna Boucher

      Thanks, Rebecca! Hope the kiddos enjoy it!

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  19. Tami O'Keefe

    Fantastic just what I need!

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  20. Susan

    Thank you for sharing! Great timing!

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  21. Vivian L Davis

    Thanks for sharing! I have a small intervention group that are reviewing combinations of ten with ten frames. This will be a fun way to assess and they can monitor their progress!

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  22. Tina Criswell

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful tool from your toolbox.

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  23. Ronann

    Thanks so much!!!

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  24. Laura

    Hello from Finland. I try this with my students. Thanks.

    Laura

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    • Donna Boucher

      Finland? How awesome is that? Thanks for leaving a note. 🙂

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  25. Simone Gordon Gellhaar

    O loved the booklet! Students will surely love it! Thanks for sharing it!

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    • Yamin

      Thanks from Mexico, 🙂 Yamin

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  26. MARA

    Thanks from Switzerland !
    Mara

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    • Donna Boucher

      Awesome!

      Reply
  27. Simona

    I’ll let my kids use this such wonderull material. Reale usufull and easy to use.
    Thanks for sharing
    Simona

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  28. Patricia

    Thank you

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  29. Elisa

    Hello from Austria,
    thank you very much for your work.
    Elisa

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    • Donna Boucher

      Always so cool to hear from teachers in other countries! 🙂

      Reply
  30. Maria Luisa Marin

    Thank you so much! I am a first time First Grade teacher, and this will help me a lot. More power to you!

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  31. Tina Singh

    Thank you so very much for doing the hard work that makes parents’s lives easier! I love all your printables.

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  32. Vicki

    Thankyou. Am going to use as subitising cards as well.

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  33. Marcy Prager

    Thank you so much for a great math activity using ten frames! Missing addends is always challenging! LOVE!

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  34. Nicola Robson

    thanks for creating this document! It is wonderful!

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    • sharda jha

      Thank you so much for sharing this maths resources.
      It’s been so helpful.
      Very precisely done.

      Reply
  35. Natalie

    Fantastic resource! Thank you 🙂

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  36. Robin

    This was a perfect wy to review ten frames for my 2nd graders. Then we can move on to adding 2 digit #’s to 20 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!

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  37. Cecilia

    Great material, thansk for sharing!

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  38. Anne

    What a great book – I Love it!

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  39. Anthea

    Thank you so much for sharing this resource Donna! It’s just what I have been looking for. This is such a useful resource in helping kids understand number facts to make 10.

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    • Anne

      What a great resource – Thank you…..Love it!

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  40. Nikki

    I was so excited to find this resource on line, as I had one last paper copy and misplaced it! It’s such a great resource. Thanks!

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  41. Lisa

    Thanks for this very helpful booklet. I am working with a child who has so much anxiety around “getting it wrong” that he cannot answer a question and freezes when given work to do in the classroom. This will be fabulous for building confidence.

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  42. Cheryl

    Thank you for sharing the Friends of Ten booklet. 🙂

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  43. Cassie

    Thank you for providing resources for our students!!! Your dedication and love of teaching has impacted many kids! Much love from our keiki in Hawaii 🙂

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  44. Sharon

    Thank you for sharing your resource. This will be great for my students!

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  45. Tiffany

    This is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you so much for sharing this!

    Reply

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