Dots & Dots of Fact Families

Get out the dominoes! This fun lesson help students visualize how addition and subtraction are related, all while building their fact family fluency.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Fact Family Houses pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Fact Family Houses pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to form fact families.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.

Introduction

(5 minutes)
• Show students a domino. Write the two numbers that the domino shows on the board.
• Now add up the two numbers and write the sum on the board.
• Ask students to come up with a number sentence that fits this domino.

Beginning

• Instruct students to read the equation chorally, "________ plus ________ equals ________" as you point below the equation.
• Review left and right with gestures, and have students identify the number of dots in each part using the sentence frames, "There are ________ dots on the left side" and "There are ________ dots on the right side."

Intermediate

• Tell students that the domino is divided in half, and choose student volunteers to explain what that means.
• Ask students to share with a partner examples of other things that are divided in half, such as a sandwich.