Lesson Plan

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.
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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.
EL adjustments

Introduction

(5 minutes)
Domino Fact FamiliesDomino Number Sentence
  • 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.