# Making Ten

## Addictive Game for Practicing Combinations for Ten

Because ten has such importance in our number system, students need lots of opportunities to explore the combinations for ten. Back when I pulled small intervention groups for grades 1-5,…

## Fast Five–Unleashing the Power of Ten Frames

My 1st graders and 2nd graders have been adding numbers using ten frames, and our work has led me to make some observations. Ten frames are powerful tools for building…

## Connecting Standards: Number Combinations & Graphing

I’m always looking for ways to help students make connections between different mathematical concepts. For this activity, I’ve connected number combinations with graphing. This post contains affiliate links, which simply…

## A Plethora of iPad Math Apps!

Technology can make practicing math more engaging. Check out these free iPad math apps! Descriptions come for each app’s website. Prodigy: Kids Math Game With Prodigy Math Game, kids don’t have…

## 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…

## Cube Trains: Composing and Decomposing Numbers

“More learning time in Kindergarten should be devoted to number than to other topics.”  That statement is from the introduction to the Kindergarten Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. In…

## Handy Ten Frame Placemat with Number Sense Routines

One of the joys of my job is traveling to work with teachers and districts. One such trip took me to sunny Avon Park, FL, working with teachers from Avon…

## The Evolution of a Number Bond

Number bonds help children develop an understanding of part/whole thinking and lead to working flexibly with numbers. Let’s take that idea a step further and make a case for just…

## Using Dot Cards to Build Number Sense

“…that ability to ‘just see it’ without counting is called subitizing.” (Van de Walle) There’s no doubt about it…subitizing is all the rage!  It’s not a new concept, though. According…