A huge part of early childhood is building up our number sense and learning how numbers work together. Learning about teen numbers is always a little tricky, but 20 frames can be a great tool to help. This pencil themed 20 frame math activity makes a great math center for Kindergarteners to practice teen number recognition and counting! It’s the perfect companion to our pencil 10 frame activity.
Pencil 20 Frames Math Activity
To get this math center ready, I printed out the pencil cards and laminated them to keep them sturdy (and so that I could reuse them from year to year) and then printed out enough copies of the recording sheet for my students.
If you print the recording sheet double sided, there will be ten 20 frames, enough to record all numbers 11-20.
Place the cards in a basket with the recording sheets and crayons, and you have a math center ready to go!
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When we learn about teen numbers, we often focus on the fact that teen numbers “start with a one” which means that they are “ten and some more.”
So in my first small group that I played with, when we pulled our first card of 11, we knew that we first needed to fill the ten frame, and then add one more dot to make 11.
Next we pulled the number 15. Rather than count by 1’s to 15, we used our teen number strategy of “10 and 5 more” to fill up a ten frame first, and then add 5 more dots.
We kept pulling pencil cards and filling in 20 frames until all of the cards had been picked!
Grab Your Copy
Ready for some fun 20 frame practice? Grab your copy of the pencil 20 frame match activity by clicking the yellow button below!
Then, differentiate for your learners by having a 10 AND 20 frame version of the game – hop over and grab our Pencil Ten Frames Game too!
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