Extra practice with ten frames and number sentences

This week my students began using ten frames in math.  Students used math counters and ten frame worksheets to add numbers 1-10.  We did a few math practice pages throughout the week, but by Friday I noticed a few students still needed some additional practice opportunities.

Using the iPad and the Drawing Pad App, students created their own ten frames to demonstrate their understanding.  Initially, students created their own number problems. They illustrated the ten frame and wrote a corresponding number sentence.  At the end of the practice time, I asked all students to create a ten frame that represented the number “8”.  Students then took a screen shot of their ten frame and sent the photo to me via email.

Today (from the comfort of my couch!), I was able to view their photos and use their ten frame drawings to assess who understood how to use a ten frame and write a corresponding number sentence.  These photos provided a quick and authentic way for me to use student work to plan for next week’s instruction.  Additionally, I now have documentation of each child’s learning that I can share easily with their families.  What a treat to have opportunities for extended practice right at our fingertips!  Another fun day of learning with the iPads!

About Kristin

Kristin Ziemke has spent her career teaching and learning from children in both urban and suburban school districts. A first grade teacher in Chicago, Kristin engages students in authentic learning experiences where reading, thinking, collaboration and inquiry are at the heart of the curriculum. Co-author of Connecting Comprehension and Technology, Kristin pairs best practice instruction with digital tools to transform learning in the classroom and beyond. An Apple Distinguished Educator, National Board Certified Teacher and Chicago’s 2013 Tech Innovator of the Year, Kristin seeks opportunities to transform education through technology innovation. She inspires educators around the globe as a staff developer, speaker and writer. To learn more about her work follow her on Twitter @KristinZiemke.
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