These number bond practice sheets are an excellent way to help kids see how two parts combine to make a whole. If you know the whole and one of the parts, you can subtract that part to find the second part. If you know the two parts, add them together and make a whole. Brilliantly simple!
Use these number bond practice sheets as an introduction to the concept of addition, parts vs. whole and the commutative property (6+2 has the same answer as 2+6).
They’re a perfect addition to our popular number bond activity pack!
Last week I was talking to a few moms about math goals for the kids. I was mentioning that Greyson was doing great with addition and subtraction EXCEPT for when I ask him the same math question, in reverse.
For example- I would ask Greyson what 6+2 was. He could quickly answer 8. But, when I immediately turned it around and asked what 2+6 was, he would respond with “ummm, I don’t know”. Even though he just answered the same question, seeing the smaller number first would completely stump him.
If I am being honest, I was relieved to hear that a lot of the other mothers were experiencing the same situation with their kiddos. So, to help the kids master the concept, I created these number bond sheets that are specifically designed to help teach the commutative property.
How It Works
I created 10 pages that cover the numbers 1 to 10. Each page has six math equations. I purposefully placed the matching math questions across from each other to help kids see that, in addition, the answer is the same no matter what number is first.
The goal is for children to solve the math questions and realize that the problems have the same solution – they are just written differently!
Along with the pages 1-10 I created a bonus page that allows you to fill in your own equations! Once kids have practiced the first ten number bond sheets, you can create your own number bond equations for them!
For extra challenge, fill in the answer boxes on the blank page and have kids find two numbers that can be added together to result in that solution.
If that is too difficult, give them one of the numbers and the answer. You’ll be surprised how quickly they are you will be able to stop giving them the second number!