The teens are infamous for confusing kids when they’re counting, identifying, or writing numbers… so I wrote a little rap to clear things up. You could read it like a poem if you want to, but I prefer to add a funky beat and make my students smile 🙂
“If it starts with one, it’s probably a teen. Ten to twenty, in between. Eleven and twelve have left the scene, But every other number is a teen!“
If it starts with one, it’s probably a teen: Besides 11 and 12, two-digit numbers that start with one (have a one in the tens place) are teens. That’s why we say “probably a teen”.
Ten to twenty, in between: We’re talking about the numbers between 10 and 20.
Eleven and twelve have left the scene: Because they are not teens.
But every other number is a teen!: The numbers between 10 and 20 (besides 11 and 12, which have left the scene) are all teens.