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Ten More, Ten Less Task Cards

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 8 pages | Grades: 1 - 2

Practice identifying 10 more and 10 less than a given number with our set of 24 task cards.

Part of teaching math is getting your students to understand that they will be using many of their operational math skills every day. 

Especially when it comes to addition and subtraction

Whether they are playing restaurant, checking their friends through a grocery store, or being the teacher in their very own class, they’ll be using these skills to count items, money, and more! 

To help your students get these skills under their belts, our Ten More, Ten Less addition and subtraction task cards develop their algebraic thinking skills and number pattern recognition. 

In this game, students will add and subtract 10 from the given number on all 24 task cards. 

How to Use Our Addition and Subtraction Task Cards

This resource is best used in a math center or guided small group to practice subtracting and adding 10 to a given number. 

To play, students will identify the number on the task card. Then they will add 10 and subtract 10 to complete the number pattern and write both of the missing numbers on the included recording sheet.  

This number pattern practice resource can be used as a scoot activity if you’re looking to get your whole class involved. (See below.)

Get More Out Of Our Addition and Subtraction Task Cards

Our math task cards can be put to more use than just this one game! We’ve got a few activities you can try with your class below. 

Gallery Walk

Mix the cards up and hang all 24 around the room to have your students complete a gallery walk. Working either alone or in pairs, assign a task card to each and have them rotate around the cards (on your signal), writing the missing numbers on their recording sheet or a sheet of paper until they have completed each one.

Group Lesson 

Using your smartboard or another projection device, present each task card. Work together as a whole class by adding and subtracting 10 from the given number to complete the sequences. When the numbers are found, write them on the line for students to see. Challenge students to take the patterns farther by telling you the next digit that should appear before the first number in the sequence, and the last number. Write them into the card. 

Mirror Game

This activity is a spin on the classic “Newlywed Game” and works best with small groups because you’ll need enough dry erase boards and markers for each student. Divide the students into 2 groups, and have the students sit down in 2 lines facing each other. Show the students a sequence from one of the task cards, and say the numbers out loud. Students will get 30 seconds to write the missing numbers on their board. On your cue (for example, you say “Ready, Set, Go!”) the students turn their boards around so their partner can see their answer. If both students in a pair have the correct answer, they get 2 points. If one has the correct answer, the team gets 1 point.

Change the Difficulty Level if Needed

After finishing all the task cards, have fast finishers place the numbers in order from least to greatest (referring to the first number in the pattern). 

If your students need visual assistance, you can refer them to a number display

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Print the task cards on cardstock for added durability and longevity. To make this game more sustainable, print a few recording sheets on cardstock and slip them into dry-erase sleeves. Students can record their answers with a dry-erase marker, then erase and reuse.

As a center activity, cut out the task cards and punch a hole in the corner of each to place them on a binder ring. Place all game parts in a folder or large envelope. 

Before You Download

Use the drop-down icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource. A recording sheet and answer key are also included with this download.

This resource was created by Nicole Ellis, a teacher in New York and a Teach Starter Collaborator. 


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