# Making Ten

## Composing and Decomposing Numbers

As a young girl, I briefly took gymnastics lessons. Anybody else? I have to admit that I was not very flexibleโI couldn’t do a smooth backward roll to save my…

## Roll and Cover: Combinations for Ten Game

Oh, how I love easy games that are engaging for the kiddos and require low prep time! Especially when those games develop critical skills, like composing and decomposing numbers and…

## St. Patrick’s Day FREEBIE for Making 10

Ten holds special importance in our number system. It’s no wonder, then, that a critical Kindergarten skill is knowing all of the combinations for making ten. With St. Patrick’s Day…

## Making Ten Back and Forth Game

Ten has a special place in our number system, so it is critical that children know all the combinations for making ten. A quick look at where this skill goes…

## 1st Grade Essentials: Basic Fact Strategies

With pages of math standards at each grade level, what is really considered essential learning? In this series of posts, I attempt to highlight the key skills at every grade…

## Kindergarten Essentials: Combinations for Numbers Through 10

What does Kindergarten math look like? What are the essential skills that every Kindergarten student should master prior to Grade 1? Believe it or not, fact fluency starts in Kindergarten…

## Online Game for Composing Numbers

As we wind down to the end of the school year, I’ve been looking for ways to keep my students engaged while still ensuring that each lesson includes worthwhile learning….

## What’s My Number? Differentiating in K-1

In her book How Children Learn Number Concepts*, Kathy Richardson devotes an entire chapter to composing and decomposing numbers. It may surprise you that the title of the chapter is…

## Engaging Games for Composing and Decomposing Numbers

After spending several weeks exploring number bonds, this week I’ve been working with my firsties on composing and decomposing 5. This has been such a fun week as we used…