22) Bonds

Five Plus Bonds: Multiple Presentations

22.1 Bonds Multiple Representations


To represent the wholes 6,7,8,9 as a part of 5 and another part in four different ways:

  • Ten frames with counters
  • Empty 10 frame Bond Block
  • Linear Bond Blocks
  • 20 bead string with colours alternating every five beads.


  • five plus bond: a bond of five and one other part makes the whole.
  • addition as “and”
  • equals as “is”


A little easier

Counting order

Do not use the spinner. Complete in counting order.

  • The teacher completes the activity board for 6.
  • The student alters this to make 7.
  • Repeat for 8 then 9.

A little harder

Winning difference

The winning player of each round scores the difference between each player’s scores.

Players can record their winning points using tally marks on final row their scoring table.

The player with the most points after three rounds wins.

In this example, Player 1 scores 3 points, the difference between 9 and 6.


In the next activity students develop fluency with five plus bonds, without using manipulatives, when they are presented in random order. Go to

Activity 23

Five Plus Bonds: Fluency, Tic-Tac-Toe