Flexible strategies - Combinations to 10
This resource has been developed in partnership with the NSW Mathematics Strategy Professional Learning team, Curriculum Early Years and Primary Learners, and Literacy and Numeracy.
Using the resource
This resource is the first section of a four-part resource supporting additive thinking. Use this resource in conjunction with the other resources in this series in order to support a connected network of critical mathematical concepts, skills and understanding.
Full instructions on how to use each of these tasks - including materials, related tasks and learning intentions - are included in the resource,available for download on this page.
Task 1: Blocks on a bowl
Students use a container and five blocks to practice counting hidden items.
Variation 1: Use more than one cup or container
Variation 2: Adjust the quantity of blocks
Task 2: Let’s talk 4
Task 3: If you didn’t know
Students think of different strategies for addition without needing to count, including partitioning, using the commutative property, adjusting number using knowledge of equivalence and other known facts.
Variation 1: Students create problems that could be solved using a particular strategy
Variation 2: Investigate whether a particular strategy is as useful for addition as it is for subtraction
Variation 3: Make fact families using unifix cubes and record each related number fact, describing similarities and differences between each fact
Variation 4: Use dominoes record fact families
Task 4: 6 piles
Students using DoE playing cards 0-5 to make two or more cards equalling five.
Variation 1: Adapt the game to compose any quantity up to and including 10
Variation 2: Use any operation
Variation 3: Use the ace to represent eleven and adapt to game to find combinations to 20
Task 5: Turn over 3
Variation 1: Play the game using subtraction
Variation 2: Look for combinations of 20
Variation 3: Play until the whole deck of cards is used
Task 6: Capture 10
Students watch the video ‘Capture 10’ to learn how to play.