It’s the beginning of the new school year, so what better time to think about the time-honored tradition of counting to the 100th Day of School? Many teachers have routines for counting the days to the 100th day, but I want to propose using ten-frames. You can address a number of Kinder and 1st grade standards (both CCSS and TEKS) with this simple daily routine!
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Just print out blank ten-frames, grab yourself some colored Avery sticky dots, and you’re ready to go. Be sure to use either one color of dots, or vary the color in groups of 5 to help students subitize groups of 5 and 10 on the ten-frames.
Questions for Whole-Group Lessons
There are so many directions you can take your questioning. To help you better visualize how the conversations might go, I’ve used the number 47 in this example:
- How many days have we been in school? (47) How do you know it’s 47? (The 4 tens are 40, then I saw 5 and 2 more, so that’s 47) (TEKS K.2.D, TEKS 1.2.A)
- Describe 47 using tens and ones. (4 tens and 7 ones) Can anyone describe it a different way? (3 tens and 17 ones, 2 tens and 27 ones, 1 ten and 37 ones, or 47 ones) (TEKS 1.2.B)
- How many more days until we reach 50 days (3). How do you know? How many more until the 100th day? (53) How do you know? (CCSS K.CC.1, TEKS K.4)
- What’s one more than 47? (48) What’s one less than 47? (46) (TEKS K.2.F, CCSS K.CC.4.c)
- How would we write 47 in expanded form? (47 = 40 + 7) (1.2.C)
- Let’s start at 17 and count around the circle until we get to 47 (CCSS K.CC.2, CCSS 1.NBT.1, TEKS K.4)
Can you think of more? Add them in the comments.
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