Teacher Mama: Make a Ten Train Game {After School Linky}

Make a Ten Train Game

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Being able to recognize and make tens is an essential skill for  building other higher level math skills. Here is a game I created recently for practice with making 10s.

Materials for Preparation






Print the templates

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The number cards can be printed with the train track pattern (see below) on the back if you like.  You will need two sets of numbers for the game. Cut the cards and separate them into two piles.

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Cut out one ten frame if you plan to use it.

Materials for Play

Game board

pennies/pom poms or bingo chips (for ten frame)

ten frame (optional)

two sets of game cards

How to Play

Place one set of cards in a pile face down and the other set of cards face up in front of the player.

The player picks one card and places it in one of the train hoppers. Below, I picked a 4.

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 Player then needs to figure out 4 + what number = 10.

Boy Mama Teacher Mama  Make a Ten Train Game 5.jpgAt this point, the player can use one of three strategies to help with the answer. He can mentally figure it out,  use the ten frame to determine the answer OR use the tens fact paper.  In this example, he chose to use the ten frame.

He placed 4 chips on the ten frame and then counted the empty spaces to figure out that the answer is 6.

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He placed the card with the number 6 in the second hopper. Then remove both cards and repeat until all the cards have been used.

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This game is available at the following link:

Make a Ten Game from BMTM

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More games for making tens from BMTM:

FREE Games for Making Ten

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The Ten Frame Memory Game

Boy Mama Teacher Mama | The Ten Frame Memory Game

font courtesy of:

Krys Bosland Fonts

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