One of our math targets is: "I can find different combinations of numbers up to 10". For example:
5 + 5 = 10, 1 + 9 = 10, 7 + 3 = 10.
The students have been exploring this through math games. Two games are "Heads and Tails" and "How Many am I Hiding?" They use either pennies or connecting cubes to explore the different ways to make 6, 7, or 8.
Another activity we use to learn this target is called "Peas and Carrots". If you have 7 in all, how many peas and how many carrots could you have of each? This is a different kind of question for the students to explore, because with story problems there was only one answer. This type of question has many answers.
Check out the games: