Oh, those TRICKY TEENS! Early childhood educators know well the struggles of our youngest learners when it comes to teen numbers. Beyond ten, not only are those basic numbers taking on additional digits, but place value enters the scene as well. Ten Frames for Numbers 11-20 Google Slides helps young learners develop number sense while working with double ten frames to build Numbers 11-20.
Working with ten frames in Kindergarten and Preschool allows children to SEE numbers beyond just identifying the digits. This Google Slides activity is an easy-to-use, no extra materials required way to foster better understanding of numbers less than or equal to 20.
Simply click on the picture of the cube on each slide and drag it to the top ten frame to create a full ten frame. Then, use the other colored cube to drag the appropriate amount of cubes to the bottom ten frame. All that clicking and dragging is sure to beef up those fine motor muscles as well!
Teaching Teen Numbers
Teen numbers are the first step towards looking into number patterns, place values, and the base ten system that is the foundation of math as we know it. When we ask Pre-K and Kinders to show the number on the ten frame, we are allowing them to develop a truer understanding of what each number MEANS, as opposed to just being able to identify it, count it, or write it.
It’s helpful for early childhood learners to start hearing and speaking “Math Language” as they delve into new concepts like TRICKY TEENS. Try this as your students work with ten frames:
- What are the two DIGITS in this number?
- This number has a 1 in the tens place. What does that MEAN?
- Do you have to have a full ten frame to make every teen number? WHY?
- What do all of the teen numbers start with? What does that MEAN?
- Is there an easy way to know you made a 10 on your ten frame? HOW?
- What number is in the ones place? What number is in the tens place?
How to use Ten Frames for Numbers 11-20 Google Slides
Click on the link, then click “Make a Copy.” This will open up the file in your drive. Name the copy so you remember what it is/who it’s for. Then, open your slideshow in Google Slides.
First, make sure you are in Edit mode as opposed to Presentation mode, or you won’t be able to manipulate the slides. Then, just click on the first double ten frame slide.
To move the cubes, you just have to click on the picture of the cube which will highlight it with a blue outline. When your cursor resembles a plus sign with arrows on each end, drag the cube to the ten frame. When you’re ready for your next cube, just click again in the same manner. I would recommend filling up the top ten frame with one color to represent the tens place and using the additional color on the bottom ten frame to represent the ones place.
How can I extend/modify for individual levels?
It’s no secret that learners learn as they’re ready. Some children grasp readily to the idea that all teens begin with a 1 that represents 10 and are ready to start addition and subtraction while others struggle. Thankfully, there are always easy modifications or extensions to employ.
To modify the Ten Frames for Numbers 11-20 Google Slides:
- Work on one slide only. Fill up the top ten frame one time. Then, create the numbers 11-20 while only manipulating the cubes for the bottom ten frame.
- Print one page of the slides presentation so students can fill the frames with real objects such as dried beans, small blocks/Legos, mini erasers, coins, or something else you find around the house.
- Concentrate on a few numbers at a time instead of delving into 11-20 in one sitting.
To extend the Slides activity:
- Tie in addition and subtraction concepts by saying/writing number sentences that go with each slide (11=10+1, 12=10+2, etc.)
- Practice counting forward and backward up to 20.
- Build teen numbers with a partner by making ten frames with your hands (ie., one person holds up 10 fingers as the top ten frame (tens place) and the other person holds up fingers to represent the bottom ten frame or the ones place)