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A few years back, I found a nifty little activity for composing and decomposing ten that gets kiddos up and moving around. The activity came from the book Common Core: Math in Action, K-2 and is based on the book Ten Flashing Fireflies.  In the book, ten fireflies are flying around in the night sky, and one by one they are caught and put in the jar.  Through the pages in the book, students see all the combinations for making ten (0 + 10 = 10, 1 + 9 = 10, etc.). The book suggests having students act out the story:  nine fireflies in the sky and one in the jar–nine and one make ten. I can’t tell you how much the kiddos LOVE being fireflies!

Back when I discovered the book, I made a little booklet for students to use after acting out the story to record their combinations for ten. Well, it’s been a few years, and I just gave the booklet a major face-lift! Copy the pages duplex (two-sided), fold, and staple. It’s B & W to save you money on printing and allow the kiddos to personalize their books. Students also get practice writing number words (one, two, etc.) thanks to traceable words. Grab your copy of the booklet here.

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