## Wednesday, October 16, 2013

### Ten Frame Teens

I have fully embraced the power of ten frames in my room.  Van de Walle is right.  He says young mathematicians recognize 10 in a ten frame much more easily than 10 cubes linked together to make a long train or the 10 in a base ten rod.  When they see that train, they still want to count each and every one of its cubes.  When they see a full ten frame, they're convinced it's 10.  No counting needed.  I've also enjoyed using ten frames to teach teens.  We recently made this chart together.

By the way, the full ten frames are blue.  The extra ten frames are green for distinction purposes.  When the ten frames were completed and glued, I asked, "What do you notice?"  They noticed all kinds of things, and eventually their comments led us to the point of adding all the numbers to the chart as well.

I found the inspiration for the chart below on Pinterest.  Unfortunately, the link didn't lead me to its owner, but it's a great tool regardless.  I simply chose to modify it by using the ten frame model, since it's one that we're embracing completely and understand well.

1. I really both ideas and the way they are displayed. I'm going to pin both.
Thanks for sharing!
Connie Anderson:)

1. Connie, I really liked the chain too. The frames just fit better with our curriculum. Glad you liked them.

2. Tammy, totally not related (although I've been using 10 frames also) - but I've been trying to make charts with my kids and I remember reading about some really good markers for that, but now I can't find that post. Was it you? Thanks, Sara

1. Sara, nope it wasn't me. I don't use anything fancy. :)

2. That is SO not the answer I want to hear! LOL
I thought it was either you or the Chart-Chum gals, but I don't see it their either. Thanks anyway!
Sara

3. Oh bummer! I had wondered about the Chartchum gals too. :)

3. I really need to figure out how to incorporate ten frames. I struggle with the fact that EveryDay Math doesn't use them. So it's like adding more. I have to figure something out because 10 frames do work so well. Thanks for the ideas.

Kimberley

1. Kimberley, I use them with my calendar, and the kids just get it.

4. I love ten frames too Tammy! I seem to be using them more this year for some reason I love your "ten chains" too! I think I'll have to steal for next week. Thank you for the sweet comment.

1. Tammy, I tried to use them last year but didn't do such a great job. I feel like I'm finally figuring them out!

5. Love this! Thanks for sharing.
Kelli

1. Kelli, thanks and you're welcome.

6. Brilliant as ever! I've enjoyed using the ten frames more this year too. The kids do seems to grasp it better, and like you said, don't try to count them again to make sure. Thanks for lighting the way!

1. Marie, you're welcome. It's really Van de Walle who's lighting the way.

7. It is amazing how much more effective I am as a teacher and interventionist since I embraced 10 frames. There are several amazing books on the subject for folks just getting started.

1. Tara, you always have great book recommendations. I'm sure I've still got lots to learn about ten frames!

8. I remember from when I was in the classroom that the kids always wanted to recount those stacks of ten blocks just like you said. That is a great idea to use another color for the left overs!
Lori
Conversations in Literacy

1. Lori, the ten frame sure does minimize the amount of recounting. I love it.

9. I'm starting my teens next week. These are GREAT ideas to add. Thanks so much Tammy!

1. Sheree, you're very welcome. I'm glad the timing is right.

10. I've gotten a lot of great 10 frame ideas from the Math Coaches Corner. Thanks for sharing your ideas, they are terrific.
Kelly

1. Kelly, I know what you mean. Her ideas are great!

11. Tammy - I love your tricky teens idea with links...smart my friend!
xoxo,
Vicky
Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

1. Vicky, well I didn't invent the link idea, but it sure did inspire me! :)

12. Teens can be tricky...I have one! I feel the same way about ten frames...I can't believe I taught so many years without them!
Jenny

1. Jenny, love them!

13. Just what I need. My kids are having problems with teens, too.
Thank you!
Barbara @