On Monday, Kristin from iteach1:1, Aylin and I met for lunch. I wish I took a picture to go with this little post but I didn’t…we were too busy chatting and working! It is so fun to meet with blogging buddies because there is simply so many ideas to run across one another and things to discuss. I swear we didn’t stop talking for 4 hours! At one point Kristin’s hubby came home, walked in to say a quick hello, and then walked right out because I am pretty sure after only a few minutes of gabbing he was totally overwhelmed!
I have talked about this before but number sense is so important to a strong mathematics foundation. That is why common core spends so much time helping young students to dig deep into numbers. I have been looking over and thinking about things that are crucial my kids have a strong understanding for in mathematics. Ten Frames is one of those concepts and I plan to hit hard next year. Ten frames help students to visualize numbers in many different ways.
For instance, when drawing 8 dots (see below) into a ten frame the number 8 can be seen in several different ways. 8 can be seen as 5 and 3 more or 2 less then 10. This visual understanding helps students to turn it into addition and subtraction i.e. 5+3=8 and 10-2 equals 8.
I have been working on a couple of new ten frame products and am really excited that they are finally finished! This Ten Frame Fun Game and Center Pack gets kids interacting with ten frames through a variety of fun hands-on math centers! This pack includes several games, task cards, and printables to help you assess your students learning. Click here to see this pack!
If you are reading this…thanks for staying with me! Finally, click here to get this Ten Frame Freebie! Helping students to visualize numbers recognize them in many ways is the a great beginning step to helping them understand both addition and subtraction.