Monday, July 5, 2010

Addition Fact Games--Make Ten

We've been working on materials from Bridges, Grade 3, of The Math Learning Center. I want to share some fun activities, designed to promote fluency with addition facts.

One card game, "Make the Sum," comes with the MLC materials. Prior to receiving the materials, we played "Make Ten," a variation based on the MLC game using a deck of regular cards.

Materials Needed:

deck of cards, A = 1, then 2-9 cards (remove all other face cards)

To collect combinations of cards that make 10. Player with the most cards at the end of the game wins.

To play:
Shuffle the deck and lay face down on the table. Draw top card and lay face up on the playing field. Player #1 looks at the card and says which card he would like to draw in order to make 10. He draws a card. If he can make 10, he tells the other player which cards add up to 10 and takes those cards. If not, he adds his card to the field.

Player #2 then says which cards he would like to draw in order to make 10 using the cards already on the field. He draws and then either makes 10 or, if not, lays his card on the field and play goes back to Player #1. Combinations of more than two cards are desirable as the players with the most cards at the end of the game wins.

Here's a video demonstrating how to play the MLC game.

My student gained more skills practice in "Make 10" by using an on-line game (also recommended by MLC) called "Math Lines." This game is unbelievably addictive. It's embarrassing to admit, but I made my little student stand next to me and watch while I played because I wanted to see how many levels I could master. ;) He loves the game as well.

Farm addition is another game that provides practice in addition facts. We found it just as we finished My Little Farm.


  1. This is fantastic! Where did you get the cards?

  2. The cards are from Bridges, curriculum produced by The Math Learning Center. If you don't have Bridges, you can use a deck of cards.

  3. A great post! Another useful free resource that provides a continuum of the different stages children go through in addition and subtraction is:

    Once you identify which stage on the continuum your child is at you can print out a variety of games/activities suited to their level.

  4. OK...WHY did you post Math Lines :) Thanks!

  5. Hi Jaci,

    Because both games (can) require kids to make combinations that equal ten.


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