Monday, January 30, 2017

Who's In the Family?

Hey everybody.....just stopping by with a quick little post tonight. I'm busy getting ready for a big week ahead and I'm sure you are too.  We are celebrating Groundhog's Day and our 100th Day of School this week.  We have big plans for both days! But we still have time to fit in our daily Math lessons and that's what I'm here to talk to you about.  Lately we have been learning about the relationship between addition and subtraction......specifically Fact Families.  I sort of love ❤️ fact families because the firsties just seem to catch on really easily.  And that's such a relief coming off of teaching them "add to subtract".......WHAT??? (yea, that's common core coming right 'atcha!)

I like to try to do as much hands on as possible with Math.  Often times, it's just so abstract for the kiddos and having those manipulatives in their hands just really seems to help.  So this week I made a simple little Fact Family House for each of the firsties. I laminated them with my personal Scotch Laminator (do you have one of these yet?? If not, I seriously recommend it! It's so easy to use and no cutting.) The kids worked with a partner to create some of their own fact families.  I gave each pair of firsties 20 unifix cubes....2 colors......10 of each color.  The kids took turns breaking them apart and coming up with 3 numbers that go together to make a fact family. They practiced lots of combinations.

The fab firsties also played another game called "Roll A Family".  This could be played alone or with a partner.  It's a simple game.....just roll the dice.  Write those two numbers in the roof of your house. Then add the two numbers together and write that number on your house.  Use those three numbers to create your fact family.  The kiddos had lots of fun working together this week and these two simple little games really helped them understand the Fact Family concept.  Now these games are ready to go into our Math Station! 

I'd love to share these two games with you as a thanks for following my blog.  You can pick up these freebies here

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Another great new product that I'm so happy to offer to you is my Winter Crafts Bundle. Included in this set are four super cute craftivities that your kiddos will LOVE.  You can check out what's included in this set here.

Well friends......I'm off to relax and rest up before another big day tomorrow.  The weather forecast is calling for snow ❄️❄️.  Is it possible there could be a snow day in my future??? Crossing my fingers!  Hope to see you back here soon because there's always something fun happening in........

Firstieland 🍭