We are learning that numbers connect in many different ways. They connect in the patterns we see while we skip count, in the patterns we see on the Hundred’s Chart, and even when we are writing number sentences. Last week we focused on a very special connection that numbers have: the connection that when added together, special numbers make 10. We found all of the combinations to make 10 by creating a “Rainbow to 10” — you will have the chance to check that out in your child’s math notebook at Open House 🙂
Ten is also very special because of a manipulative we use often in first grade — the ten frame! The ten frame is wonderful because, well, it shows ten. And when used correctly, it can also show lots of different connections!
We made our very own ten frames out of popsicle sticks and used cubes to show the different ways to make 10. (Side-note: When we first started I really thought I was crazy for trying this — NONE of the popsicle sticks were sticking — even with white liquid glue! But alas – after some drying time, all was PERFECT!). My favorite part of the whole activity … walking around and listening to everyone explain their thinking. I was so proud that our class was able to verbalize what they were doing! Great mathematicians if I do say so myself 🙂
This week we will be looking at more connections through numbers – specifically in Fact Families!
I look forward to seeing you at our Back-to-School Family Dinner and Open House!