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Fact families can be very confusing for some children. It is just a bunch of numbers switched around, and they honestly don’t have a clue what they are doing as they stick numbers on lines. Number bonds are a great way to help our visual learners “see” what a fact family is. They become comfortable recognizing the two parts, and the whole. They get to “play with different manipulatives to make parts and whole, and then they finally begin writing out equations.
Knowing how important number bonds are, I’ve created an easy center for students to work on them.
To get started you need a cookie sheet, magnetic strips, card stock, and a laminator. Since this is a center that you can use over and over I would print everything out on card stock. It is up to you what you would laminate. You could laminate all the task cards, or you could just laminate the large blank number bonds page. This is the page the students will write their answers on. Lastly, cut out the monsters and add a magnetic strip on the back. This way they stick to the cookie sheet, and you are ready to go!!!
There are three different types of task cards. The first one shows two different monsters on a ten frame. On the large piece the students will first copy the ten frame and figure out how many monsters there are. They write the total in the large rectangular box. Next they will move the monsters from the ten frame into the circles. The task cards show where the children should place their monsters. They again write the total in the remaining circle. To finish off, they write the equation they created.
The next type of task card has one type of monster in the ten frame, with the total number of monsters in a circle. The students will place the shown number of monsters in the ten frame, and write the total in the rectangular box. Now they have to figure out how many more monsters to add to the ten frame to get to the total. Once they have figured that out, they move the monsters to the number bond circles, and then finish by writing the equation.
The final two task cards are similar. The ten frame is no longer on the task cards, but numbers are in the number bond circles. One set has just the addends and the students have to figure out the sum.
The other set has one addend and the sum, so the students can figure out the missing addend.
They would follow the same procedure here. Use the monsters to fill in the ten frame, and the large rectangle. After the ten frame is completed, they would use that to help them fill in the number bonds, and then the equation.
I would recommend teaching this in a small group, and once they are comfortable with it, move it to a center. This way the children are getting comfortable practicing their addition facts for the numbers 1-10 over and over.
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