Skeleton Counting is a Target special!   True story.  See, I found these skeletons or skulls in the Target Dollar Spot (better known as a teacher black hole…try to walk by and not get sucked in…I dare you!) and of course I bought them!  BUY ALL THE THINGS!

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Then I needed to decide how to use them.  Several ideas came to mind….Write letters on the skeletons and make an ABC order or letter recognition center.  Nope.  I have already done a counting center using witch’s cauldrons  and erasers from Target.  Of course I wanted to use these in a slightly different way so why not use them to make ten frames?   I think these make awesome and fun math manipulatives!

And then I had a bit of inspiration thanks to my friend Jenny at Jen Hart Design!   

Skeleton Counting

Skele-Ten Counting with ten frames!  Get it?  Skeleton Counting with ten frames?!

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This will make a great math center or math basket activity and even a great 1 on 1 math RTI activity.  Students will get to work on number recognition, ten frames and one to one correspondence all while using big skulls as their counters!

Here’s what we did:

Make 2 giant ten frames using 12×18 construction paper.

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Print the skeleton numbers and ten frame cards included in this post for FREE!  YAY FREE!

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Students choose a ten frame card and count.  They find the correct number.  Then they make the giant ten frame using the skeletons!

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After they finish they can use the included recording sheets to record their work!  The recording sheets allow for easy differentiation!

Click below to get your freebie!

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You can also check out my Halloween cauldron counting activity by clicking the picture below!

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And check out the fun skele-ten frame clipart (and all of her amazing clipart!) from Jen Hart Design!

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