These are not a new idea. But they are simple to pull together in a moment's notice. And certainly more fun than another worksheet or another run with the flashcards!
The kids were busily working on their seatwork when the idea struck. So I grabbed a stack of construction paper and my paper cutter and began cutting. Here is what I did today to create these cute Fact Family Houses for my Curly Girlie to put together:
1. I cut several 6 inch squares. I set some aside to be the houses and others I cut again - diagonally - for the roofs.
2. I used some of my scraps to cut small one inch squares for the numbers.
3. I laid them out so I could write the plus, minus and equal signs onto the houses. I thought this would offer her some guidelines for spacing things out evenly, as well as show her how many facts she needed per house.
4. Then I chose the fact families that I wanted her to work on. I wrote the three numbers on one of the roofs and I wrote the numbers again on the 1 inch squares making sure I had one for each fact.
Here she is hard at work building one of her Fact Family Houses!
Sometimes I'm too quick to pass off an opportunity to do something different because I didn't have time to prepare it in advance. That's why I really had to share this one right away! It really was so simple to throw together and well worth it!
Have fun building your own Fact Family Houses!