Using Tens Frames for the Strategy of Bridging to Ten
The purpose of this unit is to introduce the part-whole strategy of bridging to ten.
bridge to ten to solve number problems
- The teacher poses a problem.
Josh has 9 oranges and 6 apples. How many does he have altogether?
- Teacher records 9 + 6 on the board.
- Teacher shows a fixed frame of 9 and asks the students to say where the six more should go without touching the tens frame.
- Teacher invites a student who answers that the answer is 15 to come and demonstrate how they got the answer.
- Teacher records the answer on the board.
- If the students “count-on” teacher encourages them to think about adding one and then five by asking the follow up questions:
Can we work it out without counting-on?
Or Is there a faster way?
- Repeat with 9 + 7, 9 + 6 with the students demonstrating using either the teacher’s model or individual equipment. Teacher encourages students to explain their thinking.
- Teacher focuses student attention on the importance of making a ten
Why do you make a ten?
Note: future lessons could be extended to include 8 + ? and then 18 + ? with the pace depending on the students.