Are you getting ready to introduce missing numbers to your kids? Picture a group of wiggly bottoms connected momentarily to the floor as wide, innocent eyes peer up at you in anticipation. You take a deep breath, frown, and begin to speak:
Boys and girls, I have some bad news (shaking head sadly). I’m having a real problem today and I wonder if you’d be able to help me (hopeful, searching eyes)? You see, some of my friends have gone MISSING (eyes wide with surprise)!
Everyone loves a good story, and sometimes that’s all we need to draw in our learners. Not only can it pique interest, but it can give children the necessary background knowledge to attach new math concepts to, like filling in missing numbers.
Find the Missing Number Level 2 Numbers 1-10 is the perfect extension for Preschoolers and Kindergartners who are beginning to understand how to find the missing number in a sequence.
The Level 2 activity features a sequence of three numbers with TWO of them missing. Children will really have to draw on their knowledge of ordering numbers to find the missing number in the sequence.
At the bottom of each slide, young learners will find three digits to choose from. Just click on a number to highlight it, and drag it up into the appropriate box. Not only is this a workout for the brain, but it also works kids’ fine motor skills.
What Does Sequencing Teach Primary Learners?
Number sequencing is an important foundational piece of learning numbers in general. Young children begin to form an understanding of counting from a very young age with songs and rhymes.
As they grow, they begin to practice counting more formally. Children start to realize there are written numerals to represent each number as they are exposed to number lines and counting worksheets.
Kids’ early experiences counting groups of objects, comparing amounts, and talking about which groups have more or less lead to future understandings of sequencing, skip counting, number charts and more!
When oral counting fluency progresses, object counting follows suit which progresses into written numerals. When those Kindergarten math worksheets come along, children with lots of exposure to counting are ready to delve in head first (figuratively of course).
PLEASE NOTE: This download included Google Slides and Seesaw formats. For ease of reading, this post only mentions Google Slides.
How to Use Find the Missing Number Level 2 Numbers 1-10
Click on the link below. Then, choose which version you want: Google Slides or Seesaw. When you clink on the appropriate link, it will open in the appropriate app and you’re good to go.
Remember to make a copy of the Google Slides version so it is your very own editable copy. In Slides, just click on the number to highlight the box in blue and drag it when the cursor resembles a plus sign with an arrow on each end.
*In Google Slides, you must be in ‘Edit’ mode as opposed to ‘Present’ mode in order to manipulate the objects on the slide.
In Seesaw, use the Text tool (click on the large T) to be able to highlight each number to move it.
How to Differentiate the Missing Numbers Activity
We’re well aware that not all learners are created equally. Kids learn at their own pace, in their own time, and when the background knowledge and new understandings click together to make real sense.
That is why differentiation is key. You can use the same activity with an entire group of learners, but each child can take what they need from it and, much like snack time, not everyone will choose the same thing.
Choose from a variety of ways to differentiate Find the Missing Number Level 2 Numbers 1-10 activity:
- Provide number lines or number charts for students that need extra support
- Print the activity to create fill in the missing numbers worksheets for hard copy practice
- Extend the number sequences on each page by asking kids to read the numbers aloud and keep going
- Use the slides as a springboard for counting backwards
- Encourage children to trace the numbers on the screen to practice letter formation