Jessica describes a fun activity called “The Queen of Ten.”
The Queen visits the kids each 10th day of school and has a Ten Wand made of 5 blue and 5 green unifix cubes. She’s very clumsy and always seems to break her wand. The kiddos have to look at how many cubes are in her hand and figure out how many cubes she dropped, then create a number sentence. As this routine progresses throughout the year, students gain a great mastery of sums of 10 and an understanding of the commutative property of addition. They can also gain an understanding of missing addends. I’ve created several resources to use along with the story of the Queen of Ten. Since the Queen is not my idea (but the resources were), I’ve included them as a free download!
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