To make multiples of ten, we can use the number combinations that make ten (6+4, 7+3, etc.). This helps us recognize that expressions such as 26+4 will make a multiple of ten.
Ten frames are an excellent way to model the thinking process. For example, when we model 26+4 with a ten frame, it’s easy to see that we can shift the 4 dots over to completely fill three ten frames and make 30.
My Math Fact Philosophy
My resources are created with this philosophy in mind:
•Math should be taught using the Concrete-Representational-Abstract model.
•UNDERSTANDING math facts is more important than memorizing math facts. Conceptual understanding is the key to math fact fluency.
•Students must be able to visualize the math in order to really understand it.
•True math fact fluency is more than just speed and accuracy. It also includes flexibility, which is essential to true fluency.
•One of the best ways to build flexibility is by making connections and forming relationships between facts.
This unit includes:
Making Multiples of Ten Strategy Reference Poster
Thinking About Math strategy reflection
Classroom Math Talk: Use these prompts for Number Talks or to get a conversation started about strategies and flexible thinking.
Activity Sheets: A variety of activities to practice the making multiples of ten strategy in a fun and conceptual way, including ten frames, base ten blocks, and dice patterns
Small Group or Station Activities: Use these task card activities for guided math groups, small groups, or even individual learning.
Mini Flashcards with Suggested Activities
What Teachers Are Saying
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "Great resource for practicing make a ten strategy. We used it as a "preview" for the skill before using it with big number problems in our math curriculum." Amanda T.