Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sums of 10 Lickety Split ~ Freebie!

Our class has been working on adding sums of 10.  I really want my students to be fluent with these facts.  I tell them all the time they should know their facts "Lickety Split".  So, I made up a game to help them practice.  There are several ways you can play this game, however, we started out like this.  I made a target on our whiteboard with 10 in the middle. I explained to them that 10 is our target - we need to add 2 numbers to make 10.  I then put numbers from 2 to 9 around the outside edge of the target and chose a student to come up to the board.  The rest of my class had the same target at their desk.  I put them in plastic sleeves so they could use a dry erase marker to write on and wipe clean easily.  The class will be racing against the student at the board to try and fill in their target first.  When a student has their target filled in (whether they are at the board or at their seats) they yell "Lickety Split"!  If all of their answers are correct - they win!  The students erase their sleeves and I pick a different student to come to the board.  If the student at the board wins - they get to stay at the board until someone at their seat beats them. I hope that made sense. ??  Here is a picture of one of the targets in a sleeve using a dry erase marker:

After we played several games using this target, I decided to create some different targets with the numbers in random places.  This way I could give students different game boards and those with wandering eyes couldn't just write down their neighbors numbers.  They HAD to concentrate on their target.  They loved trying to be the first one to say "lickety split".  I have also had two students say "lickety split" at the same time.  That's ok... we can have a tie! I let one person go to the whiteboard and the other person use our smartboard.  It gets quite competitive but I have seen great improvements in the fluency of these facts.  I also place these targets in one of our math tubs with a sand timer and students can race against the timer or each other.  
If you are interested in trying this game with your students, I recently uploaded this game for FREE at my TPT store.  Click on one of the pictures below or go to my store using the link on my sidebar.
I would love to hear what you think about this game!  I hope you can use it with your kiddos too!  I love my students to know their facts "Lickety Split"!!  


  1. Nice!
    Great practice for my kinders

    Ms. Patterson

    Pocket Full of Kinders

  2. Great practice for automaticity. Thanks!

    First in Maine

  3. This IS a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  4. What a fun game! I can't wait to try it!
    Teachin' First

  5. This is wonderful! So simple, but so important. I know my firsties will enjoy it. Thanks for making it a freebie.

  6. My kiddo's need practice with this too! Thanks for sharing!

    Learning is a Journey

  7. Super Fun game. Thanks for sharing. I plan on putting it in my math choices for when they finish their work.

  8. I pinned this and 168 people have repinned it in the span of five hours!
    Great activity for practicing sums of ten!

  9. They are going to love this! Thanks for the great idea and freebie!

    Strive to Sparkle

  10. What a great idea!

    Thank you for sharing! =)

    Heather's Heart

  11. Tag! You're it! Join us in a game of tag.

  12. I love this game! I do a circle time at the start of our 90 minute block with tens frames to review this concept almost daily. The tens frames are filled only in part. I ask them the number in the frame, the partner to ten and a number sentence.

    I'm going to use this game after benchmark testing as a fun way to still do math, but be active and competitive!

  13. My favorite game of all time!! My students want to keep playing and playing even after they master the skill!! I found this game last year and often wondered who created it and wanted to thank that person---now I know that person is you!!! So here is a BIG thank you from me and all of my students who have enjoyed your game!
    Paula Nelson

  14. I am subbing and could keep copies of this game with me! Thanks!

  15. I have been using your Lickety Split game for a few years now and decided that it works so well to help the students learn their 10 facts that I made a set for 3's through 9's also! Thank you for the great idea! I did credit you as the originator of the game on each page! ;-)


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