Ten frames are such a great tool to use in any classroom! Ten frames help students subitize, build mental math strategies and structure numbers to 10. Here are 10 ways you can use 10 frames in your classroom!

**Flash Ten Frames**

Flash a ten frame at the student(s) for approximately one second. Then ask the student the following questions: How many were on top? How many on the bottom? How many altogether? How many more to make 10?

*Mix it up: Use frames with black counters, frames with red/blue counters, pair-wise counters or five-wise counters!***Quick Writes**

Each student will need a whiteboard or piece of paper and a marker. Flash the ten frame at the student(s). Students will then write how many dots are on the frame on their whiteboard. You can also flash a ten frame and students need to write the number that goes with the frame to make 10 like in the picture below. Share out answers.

**Quick Write Pairs**

This game is just like the game Slapjack. You may need 2-4 sets of ten frames depending on how many students are in your group. Two frames are flipped over. If together they make a full frame, the first student to slap the pair gets the cards. Play until the cards run out. The winner who has the most cards at the end of the deck wins.

**Work Mats**

Give each student a blank ten frame with chips. Tell students to create a number on their 10 frame. Then discuss how they made the number. Give students the freedom to create their number however they would like to discuss the various combinations.

**Observe Frames**

Study the various ten frames. You can also use red and blue ten frames found {HERE}. Ask students what they see, how many are on top and the bottom, as well as how many more to make 10. Be sure to expose students to pair-wise frames and five-wise frames.

**Flash and Yell the Number**

Flash the ten frame. Students yell back the number. Whoever yells the number first gets the card. The player with the most cards at the end wins. The students could also yell the number that goes with the frame to make 10!

**Flash and Yell the Pair**

Flash the ten frame. Students yell back the pair on the ten frame. Whoever yells the pair first gets the card. The player with the most cards at the end wins.

**Math Games**

There are a ton of math games with ten frames. Check out my products HERE and check out this search I did on Pinterest HERE. Tons of great ideas!

**Shake and Spill**

We often do a shake and spill version with equations, but it really helps giving kids concrete manipulatives to solidify their learning. Put 10 two-colored counters in a cup. Shake and spill. Then place the counters on a work mat. Discuss how many are red, yellow, and the combination to make 10.

Also, check out this great blog post I found that gives a great description of why we use 10 as a benchmark. How do you use ten frames in your classroom?

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