The second week in October, our 1st grade focus was working with numbers to 10 – subitizing, multiple representations, and later in the week making 10. 10 becomes such an important benchmark for students, especially as we head into addition and subtraction. Becoming fluent in 10 is a fantastic tool for mental math, and when students begin adding larger numbers (especially in other grades), having mastered 10 is critical! We spend a lot of time with 10, and we’ll spiral review with 10 through out centers each week.
Friends of Ten ($.99) requires more independence than 10 Frame Fill as students have to place all the counters on the 10 Frame independently. Unlike 10 Frame Fill, students are given the first part (2), must place the counters on the 10 frame, and then, fill the rest of the 10 Frame with the second set of counters. (Note – although good practice, I really do prefer 10 Frame Fill to Friends of Ten)
Franklin’s Friends of 10 (free) is a fabulous happy-medium of building conceptual understanding ten and skill-and-drill practice. It shows equations to 10 initially, but if students press the pencil (upper left-hand corner) they receive a blank writing surface perfect for drawing a picture or tallies to solve for the missing number). Additionally, if students press the question mark, they receive a short-and-sweet mini-lesson on Making 10.
Make 10 Plus is a tetris, candy-crush version of Making 10. Students race to make the given number (initially 10 but increases as students become more successful) before the ‘graveyard’ of numbers reached the top. This is one of our favorite games for building fluency to 10. WE LOVE IT! It’s fast-paced and fun. For students who already have a concrete understanding of 10, this game is a winner!
The most complex Making 10 game I found is Number Logic Puzzles (free). A derivative of Candy Crush students compete against the computer (on the right side of the screen) to use all the colored numbers. Students have connect up to 3 numbers in the preliminary rounds and eventually up to 5 numbers. Initially my 1st graders were only using 2 addends to make 10 until they are ‘stuck’ with no other addends available. From there, it was great practicing in composing multiple addends to make 10. This is the most difficult of the apps, but the one I like the most. (The only downfall to this app is that there are quite a few ads if you are playing the ‘free’ version. For me, it was definitely worth the upgrade.)
Friends, these are my go-to Making 10 apps. If you have other suggestions, I’d love to hear your ideas!
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