Reflection: Joy Fact Family Art - Section 3: Independent Creative Activity


Something as simple as making pictures from math facts can make students happy. They enjoy the freedom of choice involved in the picture while completing the necessary rote task of copying out the facts, even if it's only a few times.  There's a reason that one of the old methods of fact memorization was writing things out by hand. It does help with rote memorization.  Again, as many of my students will not practice and memorize their facts at home, building in tasks that give them additional practice is important.  

I did not have them do the rote activity of writing out the facts in isolation. It was important to give it meaning first in looking for patterns, but it is still okay to occasionally have students do some straightforward work.  Math facts are, to me, analogous to basic geography - knowing where places are on a map is a fundamental, knowledge-based memorization task that enriches understanding of everything else in many content areas.  Higher level thinking can't occur if one is stumbling over the building blocks. 

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Fact Family Art

Unit 13: Patterns in Math
Lesson 5 of 5

Objective: SWBAT create a picture or diagram that represents the division and multiplication fact families for 6, 7, 8 and 9.

Big Idea: Students don't always transfer their understanding of addition and subtraction fact families to multiplication and division. This activity gives them concrete practice with the idea.

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