Spring is right around the corner and the weather is beautiful. It’s the perfect time to head outside and use CKA President-Elect and kindergarten teacher Kimberly DeMille’s fabulous kinesthetic idea for teaching ways to make 10! She uses a giant sidewalk chalk number line to introduce the concept, and practices both addition and subtraction this way. How much fun is this?!
Wondering which Common Core State Standards you’re covering? Here they are:
4. For any number from 1 to 9, find the number that makes 10 when added to the given number, e.g., by using objects or drawings, and record the answer with a drawing or equation.
5. Fluently add and subtract within 5.
Of course, this idea could easily be adapted to teach other math skills. Simply count as they jump along and practice one to one correspondence, have them skip a number and practice counting by twos, make the number line bigger to tackle larger numbers, or label it by fives or tens to practice counting by them. How could you see yourself using this idea? Any other tweaks we didn’t think of? We’d love to hear your ideas!