Groups of Ten (from Chapter 12 Elementary and Middle School Mathematics by John A. Van De Walle; Pearson Education, Boston 2004)

    Prepare bags of counters of different types. Bags may have toothpicks, buttons, beans, plastic chips, connecting cubes, craft sticks, or other items. Children have a record sheet similar to the ones below. The bags can be placed in stations around the room or each pair of  children can be given one. Children dump out and count the contents.
    The amount is recorded as a number word. Then the counters are grouped in as many tens as possible. The groupings are recorded on one of the forms below. Bags are traded, or the children move to another station after returning all the counters to the bag.

Name _________________________________

Bag of                        Number Word         Groups

 Toothpicks

 

   Tens
 Singles
 Beans

 

   Tens
 Singles
 Washers

 

   Tens
 Singles
 Buttons

 

   Tens
 Singles
 

 

   Tens
 Singles
 

 

   Tens
 Singles

 

 Get this many.

                                        
                                                                       
                                                                       
                                                                       
                                        

   

 Write the number word.

    ____________________

 

  Tens ______ Ones _______

 

 Fill the Tens

     Get _____________  beans.

              

              

   Fill up the ten-frames. Draw dots.

   Tens _____    Extras _____

 

             

 Loop this many.
   Loop _______________ in groups of ten.

 
 
 
 
 

  Tens ________      Ones _________
 

 

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