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On this page, you will find several worksheets for base ten block manipulatives. Base ten blocks are an excellent tool for teaching children math number concepts because they allow children to touch and manipulate something real while learning important skills that translate well into paper and pencil addition. They are also proportional representations of numbers, so that a thousand block is actually 1000 times greater in size than a one block.
Counting Base Ten Blocks Worksheets
Although we recommend using actual base ten blocks, not everyone has access to them, and some students like to use them as projectiles or for other purposes not related to learning. Counting various base ten blocks and turning them into numbers is a necessary skill to have in order to trade and represent numbers with base ten blocks.
Trading Base Ten Blocks Worksheets
Trading blocks both ways will help a great deal when adding and subtracting numbers with base ten blocks, so don't skip this part.
Representing Numbers With Base Ten Blocks Worksheets
Representing numbers with base ten blocks is a skill that is completely necessary if you want to use base ten blocks for addition, subtraction, multiplication or division. Use the worksheets below as a starting point where students can continue by making their own representations of base ten blocks given only a number. Encourage them to make each number out of the fewest blocks in each case. For example, they would model the number 14 with a rod and four units rather than 14 units.
To add numbers with base ten blocks, students model both numbers and combine the piles. They trade any piles ten or greater for larger blocks, staring with the units pile. To subtract numbers, students model the first number, then remove enough blocks to make the second number. This often involves "borrowing" or "regrouping" where a larger block must be traded for smaller blocks to facilitate the removal.
More About Base Ten Blocks
If you want to learn more about base ten blocks, the articles below are quite helpful and were written by Math-Drills.com.