I LOVE ten frames for learning about numbers and basic facts.
Super easy to make, super easy to use & little visual stimulus to distract 💥
Here are two easy- on the fly- ways to use ten frames.
Number id: roll the dice, fill in the ten frame with the respective number, draw the number and write the number.
10 facts for subtraction: fill a ten frame, roll a dice, take that number away, and write your answer
These two activities require NO PLANNING and can be used during centres for all your students.
The part of both of these activities is that they are hands on activities to support instant recall✨
Best part- these activities can be easily adapted to support ALL learners
Keep reading for more ways to use a simple ten frame!
Ten frames are FABULOUS for teaching and reinforcing math facts.
You can use them to support:
- Number sense acquisition - Mental math fluency - Construction and deconstruction of numbers - Understanding of operations over place values
Here are a few ideas:
Create a large one on a board, wall, or even on your floor. You can use it to model lessons. For kiddos who require extra support with pencil paper activities, it can be one choice during math centres.
Ten-frame Flash. Hold up ten frames with different amounts. See if your kiddos can get faster with their instant recall. Some kiddos will require a visual model on their desk in order to participate. Other kiddos might just be working on five frames or school readiness skills- it is all about learning collaboratively.
Think about it. Give your kiddos filled in ten frames. Provide them with different numbers and ask them to tell you, show you, or make the number. How many dots do they need to take away in order to make that number???
Roll It. I love using dice to teach math- like the two examples up above, you can teach basic addition with ten frames and a dice. In pairs, solo, or in small groups- kiddos can roll a dice and fill in a ten frame. THEN they can roll it again and fill in another ten frame: what's the total?
Guess it. Pair your kiddos up, give them all blank ten frames (or five frames) and a barrier. Students make a number and have their partner try to guess it by asking yes/no questions. The beauty of this game is that kiddos can work on number sense, social skills, turn taking, and communication.
These are just a few ideas for using ten frames- there are so many creative ways to implement ten frames into your math lessons so ALL your students can participate and learn. Be simple, be creative, and have some fun.