Fact Family Spinners with worksheets included.
This resource is a lot of work at the beginning, but the payoff for kids is great! You can also use this resource is so many different ways.
1. First copy all the spinner heads and fact family columns onto cardstock, cut out and laminate. This is a great project for those parents who want to help in or out of the classroom.
2. Next, match the correct spinner head with the fact family column and attach. I used the metal paper fasteners so the heads could spin, you can choose just to attach the two pieces together first before laminating.
3. Once attached I used those little tiny stickers on the back of each spinner to acknowledge which number sentences goes with that spinner. There are 2 addition and 2 subtraction sentences per spinner. This allows students to know immediately if they have gotten the correct answer.
4. I would put the spinners I wanted to use that week in a little basket with clothes pins. Students can easily do this center on their own once they have been taught the skills and how the spinners work.
5. When I teach this skill I do move the head of the spinner so students realize I can change my addends around and still have the same amount of dots on the cards. I have found this concept is very hard for some students to grasp and these spinners are a concrete way to help students with their understanding.
6. There are times that I do want a worksheet from students to assess their understanding of the concepts so I have included two different worksheets I have used. I also have had students just write out their number sentences on a white board and can easily assess their understanding that way too.
Other Ideas to Use Fact Family Spinners:
1. You could just make copies of the spinners to uses in centers or seat work. There is 1 spinner head sheet that goes along with two fact family columns. (I have separated them like this in the resource.) You could just copy the sums you are working on and have students put the spinner heads on the correct column and then circle or highlight which number sentences goes along with the corresponding number of dots on the spinner.
2. This activity can also be done with partners or with a group of students.
3. You can use this resource in small group instruction. For those students who are struggling with this concept use these spinners in your group work. Choose a spinner and have student write out the fact family on a white board, you will be able to assess their ability immediately and give them direct instruction when needed.
4. Have students use the worksheets provided to write out their fact families of the spinners using the terminology whole, part, and part.
5. Have students use the worksheets provided to make their own fact family spinners and then challenging their classmates to finding the correct answers for the spinner they came up with.
6. I am sure with your creative mind you can come up with many more ideas to use these spinners. I just know they were very helpful with my students in learning this very difficult concept. I hope you enjoy them!