Activities to Teach Students to Convert Between Tens and Ones – Multiples of Ten

When it comes to teaching students about converting between tens and ones, it’s important to make sure that they have a strong foundational understanding of place value. Once students have a solid understanding of the relationship between tens and ones, there are various activities that can help them to practice converting between these values. In this article, we will explore a few different activities that can help solidify these concepts and make learning about place value fun and engaging.

1. Place Value Chart

One useful tool that can help students understand the relationship between tens and ones is a place value chart. A place value chart can be used to visually represent the number of tens and ones in a given number. Teachers can create their own place value charts using a whiteboard or chart paper, or use pre-made charts that can be found online.

To use a place value chart, write a number on the chart and have students identify how many tens and ones are in the number. For example, if the number is 24, the students would identify that there are two tens (20) and four ones. Students can also practice converting between tens and ones by adding or subtracting a given number of tens or ones from a larger number.

2. Base Ten Blocks

Another great visual tool for teaching place value is base ten blocks. These blocks are used to represent ones, tens, hundreds, and thousands using blocks of different sizes. Base ten blocks can be used to help students understand how the value of a number changes as digits move from ones to tens and from tens to hundreds.

To use base ten blocks for teaching conversion between tens and ones, teachers can provide students with a set of blocks and ask them to build a number using a certain amount of tens and ones. For example, the teacher might ask the students to build the number 37 using three tens and seven ones. Students can also practice converting between tens and ones by adding or subtracting blocks from a larger number.

3. Place Value Games

One way to make learning about place value and conversion between tens and ones more engaging is to use games. There are many games that can be used to help students practice their skills in a fun and interactive way. For example, you could create a bingo game where the students have to identify a number based on its place value, or a card game where they have to match numbers with the correct number of tens and ones.

Another fun game is to have students create a “war” game using decks of cards. In this game, each player draws two cards and adds them together. The player with the highest total number of tens and ones wins the hand.


Teaching students how to convert between tens and ones is an important foundational skill that they will use throughout their math education. By using visual tools such as place value charts and base ten blocks, and incorporating games and other engaging activities, teachers can help students to develop a strong understanding of these concepts. With the right tools and resources, students can build a strong foundation in math that will serve them well throughout their academic and professional lives.    

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