# Friends of Ten Booklet

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.

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1. Charlotte says:

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!!

1. Donna Boucher says:

You’re welcome, Charlotte! Glad it came at just the right time. ๐

2. Vivian Walker says:

Thanks, Donna ๐ 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 ๐

1. Donna Boucher says:

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

2. Anonymous says:

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

3. Patty says:

Great booklet! Thanks to both of you for sharing!

1. Donna Boucher says:

4. Sara Franza says:

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!!

1. Donna Boucher says:

Hey, sweet friend! I would love to come visit again. Maybe springtime in Florida? ๐

5. snowdoll says:

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

1. Donna Boucher says:

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

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

1. Donna Boucher says:

Thanks for passing it on, Genie! ๐

7. Heidi Butkus says:

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

1. Vivian Walker says:

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.

2. Vivian Walker says:

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

8. Kim Schoeler says:

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

1. Donna Boucher says:

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

9. Izzysmim says:

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

1. sherri webber says:

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:)

10. Beth Korda says:

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!

1. Donna Boucher says:

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

11. Mezz says:

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

12. ะกะฒะตัะปะฐะฝะฐ ะะปะตัะตะฝะบะพ says:

Спасибо вам!Отличное пособие!

1. Donna Boucher says:

Thanks to Google translator, I found out this means, “Thank you ! Great benefits !”. ๐

I hope this is right…Вы очень приветствуем!

13. Anonymous says:

Thanks for sharing!

14. Judy T. says:

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!

15. Deme says:

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

1. Donna Boucher says:

Free is always good, right Deme! Glad it’s “folder” worthy. ๐

16. Mrs, Burkett says:

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.

1. Donna Boucher says:

So glad it’s something you find useful!

17. Amy Burton says:

This is fabulous!

1. Donna Boucher says:

Good to hear from you, Amy!!

18. Rebecca says:

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

1. Donna Boucher says:

Thanks, Rebecca! Hope the kiddos enjoy it!

19. Tami O'Keefe says:

Fantastic just what I need!

20. Susan says:

Thank you for sharing! Great timing!

21. Vivian L Davis says:

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!

22. Tina Criswell says:

Thank you for sharing this wonderful tool from your toolbox.

23. Ronann says:

Thanks so much!!!

24. Laura says:

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

Laura

1. Donna Boucher says:

Finland? How awesome is that? Thanks for leaving a note. ๐

25. Simone Gordon Gellhaar says:

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

1. Yamin says:

Thanks from Mexico, ๐ Yamin

26. MARA says:

Thanks from Switzerland !
Mara

1. Donna Boucher says:

Awesome!

27. Simona says:

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

28. Patricia says:

Thank you

29. Elisa says:

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

1. Donna Boucher says:

Always so cool to hear from teachers in other countries! ๐

30. Maria Luisa Marin says:

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

31. Tina Singh says:

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

32. Vicki says:

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

33. Marcy Prager says:

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

34. Nicola Robson says:

thanks for creating this document! It is wonderful!

1. sharda jha says:

Thank you so much for sharing this maths resources.
Very precisely done.

35. Natalie says:

Fantastic resource! Thank you ๐

36. Robin says:

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 ๐ Thanks for sharing!!

37. Cecilia says:

Great material, thansk for sharing!

38. Anne says:

What a great book – I Love it!

39. Anthea says:

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.

1. Anne says:

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

40. Nikki says:

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!

41. Lisa says:

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.

42. Cheryl says:

Thank you for sharing the Friends of Ten booklet. ๐

43. Cassie says:

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 ๐

44. Sharon says:

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

45. Tiffany says:

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

46. Nancy Biedrzycki says:

Thank you so much!

47. Nyree S says:

Hi!! How do I get a copy of the friends of 10 booklet!! Thank you!!

1. Donna Boucher says:

There is a link to download it at the bottom of the post. Right below the picture of the booklet.