Friday, 25 October 2013

Ten Frames

Day 2 class gets pretty interesting as we discover more about number. I was introduced to a ten frame. 

You probably have the same question in mind!

What is a Ten Frame and why is it a useful tool for developing early number relationships? 

A ten frame is a simple graphic tool that allows people to “see” numbers. 

Children need to

  • develop understanding that numbers are composed of tens and ones. 
  • strong sense of "ten" is a prerequisite for place - value understanding and mental calculations. 
A ten-frame is a two-by-five rectangular frames for placing counters to illustrate the numbers 1 through 10. Arranging counters in different ways on the ten-frame prompts students to form mental images of the numbers represented. 

The ten-frame uses the concept of benchmark numbers (5 and 10) and helps students develop visual images for each number.

Using a ten-frame, students can easily see that 6 is 1 more than 5 and 4 less than 10, or that 8 can be seen as "5 and 3 more" and as "2 away from 10." 

The video introduces the ten frame and explains how this tool is useful for students just beginning to learn about numbers. 


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