Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Comparing Numbers Using Ten-Frames


I met with the Kindergarten team yesterday, and they were looking for new ideas for comparing numbers to 20.  I suggested starting with concrete materials--teddy bear counters, linking cubes, or two-color counters.  I like showing groups of ten, even with manipulatives.  So if the students were building 13, I would like to see them use 10 bears of one color and 3 bears of another color.  The same thing with the linking cubes or two-color counters.  It builds the concept of 10 and also makes the comparison much easier for them.  It's much quicker to count a ten and 3 more, instead of having to count 13 one by one.

Another great tool for comparing numbers is ten-frames, so I made a little recording sheet the teachers can use with their kiddos.  Click on the picture to grab your own copy.





20 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing Donna! I will use this if I am in Kindergarten and will change the words to greater or less than if I stay in 1st. I have spent an hour looking through all of your awesome posts and products!!! You are amazing!!!

    Thanks again!
    Amy Burton

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  2. Thanks Amy! Yes, this could easily be adapted for 1st. I love ten-frames!

    Donna

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  3. Hi Donna,

    This is a great freebie! I will use this with my kindergarten class. Hey, I just posted a couple of fun freebie at my new blog. You might want to check it out.

    http://cathedralkindergarten.blogspot.com

    Creatively yours,

    Charlotte from Charlotte's Clips and Kindergarten Kids

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  4. Thank you, Donna. I always look forward to your posts. You are such a generous, creative teacher.

    I will adapt this for first grade too.
    Julie

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    1. You're welcome, Julie! Yes, this would be great for 1st grade...especially at the first of the year.

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  5. This is perfect for the beginning of first. Thanks!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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  6. Thanks for sharing! I have some kiddos in my first grade that could still use this now!
    Melissa

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  7. Thank you. I am really trying to key in on ten frames and subitizing this year. These pages will be great practice.

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  8. Hey Donna,

    My team is having a debate. Is common core looking at ten frames only in Kindergarten for composing and decomposing numbers? That seems to be the case. What is your opinion on this?

    Rebecca (from A Flip Flop Kindergarten)

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    1. I see ten frames as a tool to teach many of the common core standards in K-2.

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  9. I love your stuff! I am a recent follower and have learned so many new things so far. Your facebook updates are great. Any chance you could change the words to greater or less? Or maybe add a page so you have the option of both? Thanks!

    Amy

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    1. So glad you like the blog, Amy! I will add your request to my to-do list, but I can't promise speedy turnaround. Maybe you could just white out the '(bigger/smaller)' part and instruct the kiddos to use 'greater than/less than)'.

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  10. Thank you so much for all your great ideas. I can't wait to use this one in my classroom. I started using the 10 frames more this year and I can actually see a difference. :-)

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    1. I'm sure you can, Patricia! They are a great tool!

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  11. So straightforward and doable. Using it tomorrow. Thanks! I tell everyone in my district that if they are going to follow any blog, it should be yours. You have an awesome math brain :)

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    1. That's sweet, Kathleen. Thanks so much!

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