On Monday, I had the pleasure of watching one of my student teachers complete a lesson plan about missing numbers with the children in her classroom. She was very well-prepared by creating worksheets with large numbers written in circles with several numbers missing. She then had stickers with the missing numbers on them.
I didn’t notice at first, but very lightly on each circle was a faint outline of the number that should be there. This clue really helped some of the younger children because it became a matching game, rather than a number recognition activity.
These three pictures show one child trying to match the numbers. For me, the most fascinating thing that I saw was the way she split the 1 and the 0 from the 10 sticker and put the number 1 in the 1 spot, and the 0 in the 0 spot on the number 10. She then took the number 1 and put it in the 10’s place on the 10 spot. She worked really hard getting her stickers on the page. I loved that she recognized the 1 and the 0, but clearly didn’t get that the 1 and the 0 together made a 10.
This website has a missing number game that would be a great addition to a missing number activity.