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March 24, 2013

Using a Ten Frame for Math Visuals

Written By: Brandi Jordan
X Using a Ten Frame for Math Visuals

Using a Ten Frame for Math Visuals

The Problem:  My students are really struggling with basic math concepts this year.  I have an extremely diverse group with the need for a lot of differentiation.  One of the ways I have been able to really help students is by using a ten frame that I draw on the whiteboard.  I would really like to be able to have that same ten-frames experience for them in other areas of the room when they are working independently or in pairs.  Any ideas on how to offer that?  Never fear, Really Good Stuff® Solutions is here!

Ten Frame Solutions

The Solution:  We know that the more practice a student has with a concept the better he does.  We also know that the more visual clues and reminders that you can provide around the classroom, the more likely it is to have a positive effect on students’ learning of a concept or skill.  Ten-Frames are incredibly useful and great visual organizers for students who are learning or struggling with a concept.


The Ten-Frames Pocket Chart® was designed to give students the constant visual clues that they need in order to succeed.  As with all Really Good Stuff® pocket charts, the Ten-Frames has a thick magnetic strip on the back, as well as reinforced grommets on the top that make it a portable tool.  Move it to the side of a tall filing cabinet or hang it from hooks on a chart stand for center work.  The laminated, Write Again® dry erase cards make it easy for you to offer different lessons to each pair of students.  Store the cards in the handy storage pocket on the back of the pocket chart for convenient access.


Offering students the visual and hands-on tools that will help them succeed does not have to be difficult.  With the right, versatile tool, your students can have hands-on practice and constant visual reinforcement of concepts.  When math has become a challenge, the Ten-Frames Pocket Chart® can be the key to understanding.

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