Working on building addition fluency is a big job! We are working hard on knowing sums of 10, as that will aid us in solving larger problems later. My kids love fun, themed games, so I knew this basketball make 10 game would be a hit, especially as we approach March Madness!
Basketball Make 10
To get this game ready to go for my kids, I printed out the cards and mats (below) and laminated them for repeated use.
I cut the basketballs out on the lines to make squares because they are easier to pick up and manage, but you could make them round if you wanted.
I put the basketballs along with both mats and copies of the recording sheet in a math center – all ready for my kids to work on those sums of 10!
After they pick up a basketball and read the equation, it’s time to decide where to put it! Does it equal 10 or not? There is a mat for sums of 10 and a mat for sums that are not equal to 10.
The circle and line through the hoop on the mat that does NOT equal 10 helps create a visual for my students who may need that extra support or are not able to read the title.
They keep solving and sorting until all the basketballs are gone. You can provide number lines if needed, or manipulatives for support. Sports themed erasers can be really fun to use as tools to solve the problems!
Optional Recording Sheet
Sometimes it’s great to have an option for kids to show their learning, especially if you are using the game in independent math centers.
This Make 10 recording sheet is a perfect companion to the game! After sorting the basketballs, students will color the basketballs that equal 10. This provides a different way to apply the learning from their sorting game.
Grab Your Copy of the Make 10 Game
Ready to play Make 10 Basketball? Download your own set of the game and recording sheet HERE.
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