Sometimes reading and even writing teen-digit numbers can be tricky for little learners. While it’s a skill learned in kindergarten and first grade, it sets the foundation for mathematical building blocks in later grades.
Teen Numbers are the numbers between 10 and 20. We practice representing them by taking a ten and adding more. Ways to compose teen numbers include using tally marks, ten frames, addition and subtraction equations, coins and identifying teen numbers on a number line or a number grid.
There are SO many options for students to practice composing teen numbers. But how can we help our students master teen numbers with ease? I’m going to share 3 of my favorite tricks for mastering reading, writing. counting and decomposing teen numbers
Composing and Decomposing Teen Numbers with manipulatives
One of my all time favorite ways to introduce and review a concept like teen numbers in with….
You guessed! JACK HARTMAN!!
I love incorporating a video with catchy songs into our lessons. Plus, my students can’t get enough!
Check out these Jack Hartman videos that are guaranteed to get your students up and moving, while also learning about teen numbers. We just love that guy.
In the classroom, I like playing these music videos as a review in the morning during bellwork when the students are starting their day or before math as a warm up to our teen numbers lessons. They are short and sweet!
Students can also practice place value with this video here.
COMPOSING and DECOMPOSING TEENS WITH MANIPULATIVES
When we learn about teen numbers we practice composing and decomposing numbers. Begin by using manipulatives like mini erasers, cubes or base ten blocks for students to make a visual connection.
Begin by reviewing making familiar numbers like 7 and 8 to get students in the mindset of practicing ways to compose numbers. In class we talk about numbers, like us, belonging to families. The largest number in a family is 9.
We practice chanting this “This largest number, the largest number, the largest number in a family is 9.” If there are nine members (cubes, mini erasers..) in a family, it is all good. Once the 10th member comes, the numbers bind together and jump over into the tens family. This chant helps students understand making ten and numbers greater than 10.
Some students seem to catch onto the concept of composing teen numbers quickly while other students need more support and scaffolding of the concept. Differentiated teen number activities help Kindergarten Math students who benefit from extra help.
Don’t leave without grabbing a freebie here! Students will practice ways to make teen numbers while also engaging their fine motor skills by cutting and pasting. So perfect for little learners.
This Teen Number resource is a fantastic supplement to those teachers looking for more support and ideas for teaching teen numbers . From cut, sort and gluing activities to different ways decomposing numbers 10 to 20 to detailed parent communication forms, this resource is perfect with fun activities to practice understanding teen numbers.
Helping your Kindergarteners or First-Graders write teen numbers can be tricky, but it’s an important skill they need to master to count with confidence!
If you’ve ever noticed your students struggling with the “tricky teens”, this packet is perfect practice. You can use it as morning work, homework, in small group enrichment centers, or even as partner work. Just print and go!
Kindergarten teachers are loving this resource for tackling the teens! One teacher said, “This was an awesome resource. My Kinders loved it and it did a great job reinforcing teen numbers. It was very organized and well designed. Many thanks.”
Another teacher said, “This was just what I was looking for to help students fill the gaps with a daily routine to practice and learn the tricky teen numbers.”
You can always “COUNT ON ME” for engaging, differentiated math resources to help every student shine!