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Making Ten

Make a tower of ten blocks. Give your child a tower of six blocks. Ask her how many blocks she needs to add to equal yours.

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Extending this activity

  • -Continue the investigation of 'adding on' to make equal block towers of ten. For example, if the child had a tower of four blocks and the parent had a tower of ten, how many more would need to be added to make equal towers of ten? Solve the problem together by adding on and counting together.

    -Record the number sentences generated from the activity. In the video example, the parent and child could record the sentence 5+5=10 to represent the five blocks added to the tower of five to make ten.

Adjust for an older child

Repeat the activity but instead of adding on to make two towers of ten, determine how many blocks to 'take away' to create two towers of five.

Adjust for a younger child

Start with a tower of five blocks and a tower of three blocks. Help the child add on to make equal towers of five blocks.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Number and Operations

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