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Mrs. Steele 

Mrs. Brewer

First Grade Class


Walnut Park Elementary

Gadsden City Schools


In this activity, students practice determining different ways to make 10. They work together as partners and roll dice to determine the numbers they work with. They have to evaluate their numbers rolled to find a way to make a total of 10. They color in their bars to represent the numbers they rolled. A number sentence is composed and then they move on to the next roll. Once the activity is complete, a whole group discussion takes place and all the combinations that the students found are listed on the board.

Length: 2:27

Content Areas: Math

Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:

[MA2015] (1) 6: Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10. Use strategies such as counting on; making ten (e.g., 8 + 6 = 8 + 2 + 4 = 10 + 4 = 14); decomposing a number leading to a ten (e.g., 13 - 4 = 13 - 3 - 1 = 10 - 1 = 9); using the relationship between addition and subtraction (e.g., knowing that 8 + 4 = 12, one knows 12 - 8 = 4); and creating equivalent but easier or known sums (e.g., adding 6 + 7 by creating the known equivalent 6 + 6 + 1 = 12 + 1 = 13). [1-OA6]

AQTS_2.D.2: Instructional Strategies [Knowledge of a wide range of research-based instructional strategies and the advantages and disadvantages associated with each.]
AQTS_3.C.2: Mathematics [Knowledge of the concepts and relationships in number systems.]
AQTS_3.C.5: Mathematics [Ability to solve problems using different strategies, to verify and interpret results, and to draw conclusions.]


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