T4T Making 10 with Counters

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Operations and Algebraic Thinking


Understand addition as putting together and adding to, and understand subtraction as taking apart and taking from.


NC.K.OA.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.


20 counters, paper and pencil for drawing pictures and writing numbers to solve the problem.


  • Provide a pile of counters.  Show the student 4 counters.

  • Say: Here are 4 counters.  How many more counters do you need to have 10 counters?  Show your thinking with objects, pictures or numbers.

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