# A Literature Link for Combinations to Ten

### 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.

#### Addition | Literature | Number Bonds

Because of the importance of ten in our number system, knowing the combinations of ten is a critical skill for our young math learners.

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I’ve been spending time in a great book that was recommended to me, Common Core: Math in Action, K-2, and I found a nifty little activity for the combinations of ten that gets kiddos kinesthetically involved and includes a literature link. The activity uses the book Ten Flashing Fireflies. Ten fireflies are shining in the night sky, and one by one they are caught and put in the jar. For the mini-lesson, you have students act out the story: nine fireflies in the sky and one in the jar–nine and one make ten. I made a little booklet that students can make after acting out the story to record their combinations for ten. You’ll need to copy it duplex for the pages to line up correctly.

1. I love math lessons that tie in with books. Thanks!

• My pleasure, Barbara!

2. I sent you an email, but just in case I sent it to the wrong place, I figure I’d comment here. I love this idea. I teach kindergarten, so anytime I can use a book to help me teach or reinforce a concept is great! In the book, do you have the kids just draw the correct number of fireflies in the jar and in the sky themselves, or do you recommend something? Thanks for sharing!

• I don’t think I got the email, Pam, so I’m glad you commented here! Yes, they just draw the fireflies in the jar and in the sky.

3. Great- thank you! I’m looking forward to using this with my kiddos!

• I hope they enjoy it, Pam!

4. Love connecting math and literature! You can never have to many resources for combinations of 10!

Tara
The Math Maniac