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Teaching The Making Ten Strategy Virtually

Updated: Jul 18, 2022

Teach young learners how to use the make a ten strategy to add during remote, virtual, or distance learning. This activity shows you how to use digital manipulatives as visual support for students during math interventions inside and outside of the classroom.

First grade is the academic year of the most growth expectations.

In writing, first grade children are expected to go from writing their letters to writing a three sentence paragraph.

In reading, they are expected to go from a level C to at least a level I/J. If you're a teacher or tutor, you know this is a GIGANTIC leap. If you're a parent or family member and this is your first first grader you're trying to support, this is a really important year for your little one.

Math is no exception, we have our giant leap in the area of math strategies.

In math, first graders are expected to pretty much do pre-algebra with with a splash of geometry.

Just kidding, but there's some truth to it.

In math, they are expected to go from knowing 2 strategies for solving equations to knowing at least 6 strategies.

The making ten strategy is one of the more complex strategies that the first grader in your life is expected to learn. Trying to teach this virtually can be super tricky,

That's why I'm here to help!

A key thing to know about the making ten strategy (also known as make a ten) is that the student will be digging deeper into decomposing numbers.

If the learner you are supporting struggles with decomposing, this intervention will be perfect for them due to the use of visual aides.

Watch the video below to learn how you can support students with the make a ten strategy virtually!

Want to give this intervention a try with your students? Grab the tools I used in the video by clicking here or the image below.


If you're supporting learners in a face-to-face setting don't fret! You can still use this resource.

I have included low prep printable templates so that you can...

  1. Print

  2. Laminate

  3. Have students use physical counters

Don't want to print? No worries! You can project the task cards on your computer screen, whiteboard, or table and have students solve from where they are.

Once you try this with your learners come back and let me know how it went!


Miss D. Gunn

Want some more math fun? Check out my other math activities that can offer more interactive math practice for young learners! Click the images below for a closer look.

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Lcie Tovar
Lcie Tovar
Feb 10, 2021

Love these very useful math tips! Your tips and resources look math friendly, fun, and formative for our little ones!


Jessica Coulson
Jessica Coulson
Feb 10, 2021

Thank you for your useful math tips! Your resources look like they'd be super helpful in teaching our little ones! Can't wait to check them out :)

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