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Make a Ten



This manipulative provides opportunities to:

  • Explore place values using paper style pieces

  • Break larger place value pieces into smaller values or join smaller place value pieces to create larger ones

  • Easily stack pieces representing different place values

  • Model addition by using place value pieces

PhET also provides translated versions of the simulation in multiple languages, teacher created activities, and with a free account you can access their teaching resources.

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Simulation by PhET Interactive Simulations, University of Colorado Boulder, licensed under CC-BY-4.0 (

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