Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Facts

Today in first grade math, we learned about fact families. My book's lesson was incredibly terrible and I know that fact families are something I've seen a million times in blogs!

I meant to look up a good activity a few days ago but I totally forgot until 1:15. First grade math is at 1:30.....

So I did a mad Google Reader search, scanned through a few people's posts, and threw this little fam together!

This was based off of Gladys's guest post at Frogs, Bees, and Under the Seas (now known as Playing with Pixie Dust!). I'd like to cutesify this up a lot but, like I said, I was a little strapped for time...

I told the first graders that I wanted to introduce them to a family - the Fact family. There is a dad, a mom, and a baby. Then I assigned numbers and explained who is who. I asked if they wanted strangers in their house - they said NO! So I said, "Neither does the Fact family! Don't let any stranger numbers come in to their math problems."

Then we wrote out our problems, making a note that Dad comes last in adding and first in subtracting.

They really got it! And they even referred to the numbers on their practice sheet as Dad, Mom, and Baby. Haha!

And on a related note, here's our math quilt for February!
It's looking a little tiny this month. Some friends didn't feel like they needed to do their quilt square after they cut out every triangle. I really need to stop scheduling math quilts for Mondays.... oh wells. I still LOVE it and I love Reagan!!!!

Aaaaaaaaaaaand another set of q's from the lovely Jessica at apples and papers!
  1. If you could meet anyone in the world, living or dead who would it be? This one is hard! Mmmm.... I'll say Joakim Noah! Love him.
  2. If you weren’t teaching what would you be doing? Honestly, I would be working at the bank I've been working at since high school! But if I had another career, I've always wanted to be a delivery nurse for some reason. I think it sounds better in my head than it might be in real life.
  3. What was your favorite thing about school when you were a student? I looooved my teachers and I loved big projects. Maybe I should start doing some of those...
  4. What do you wish you were better at? In my classroom, organizing and classroom management. I hope I get better with time on both of those! In my life, I wish I was better at athletic things, like running!
  5. What is your favorite store to shop at? I'd approximate that 95% of my clothes come from Old Navy.
  6. What is two things you need for your dream classroom? A Smart board!!!!! Or whatever brand, I am not particular. I'd also like a document camera. And a big rug. :)
  7. Where do you want to travel to? Somewhere like Fiji or something.
  8. Favorite TV show? Right now my two favorites are 30 Rock and Seinfeld.
  9. What is your least favorite chores? Laundry and washing dishes. When I was little I said I wanted to have 7 kids so I'd never have to wash dishes. Haha!
  10. Would you rather be an actor, singer, or athlete? Well I'm not a good actor AT ALL, and I am incredibly not athletic. But I love singing! By myself in the car, of course. So I'll say singer!!
  11. Who or what inspires you? All of the amazing teachers in the blogging world! I want to be all of you someday.
  12. What’s your favorite children’s book? Anything by Mo Willems. Also I just read Hooway for Wodney Wat (thanks for the recommendation, Tammy!!!) and my kids were DYING LAUGHING. So that's one of my new faves. Plus I do a good Wodney voice. :)


  1. cute little family :)
    and I love reagan's quilts...i wonder if my sub is doing them??

  2. And I love you too!!!! :)
    Tomorrow the big number will now be big daddy. :)

  3. Love the idea! I'm your newest follower! Come on over and check out my new multi-age blog when you have time! ( I LOVE multi-age classes :) )

    ✿ Kaleigh
    Kaleigh's Klassroom

  4. Very nice fact family :) We're working with multiplication and division fact families, actually, and I posted about it today! How funny. My kids have decided (without me) that multiplication and division are cousins. I was thinking of doing a family tree of operations...still processing it, though...

    Buzzing with Ms. B

  5. I love this. I would love to say I do something similar but I don't. My fact family is a boring house and the numbers just live there. I LOVE the dad, mom, baby thing. :)
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

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  7. Alright, I took your concept and went in another direction. I think I'm going to have them redo it Monday with a rubric. What they turned in was math solid, but not very cute at all. Check what I posted at


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