Sunday, January 06, 2013

Free Printable Fact Family House Worksheet

While researching methods to teach addition and subtraction to my daughter, I repeatedly came across the concept of fact families.  I don't think I was taught this in grade school and only remember memorizing my math facts by mind-numbing repetition.  As it turns out, fact families are an early introduction to algebra, demonstrating the commutative property of addition and the inverse relationship of addition and subtraction.  Understanding these principles makes learning subtraction easier for children.  In later grades, fact families are again used to relate multiplication and division.

A plethora of information about teaching fact families can be found on a web.  Here are a few sites giving a basic introduction:
What is a Fact Family?
The Fact Family: A Key Concept in First Grade Math
Fact Families for Addition and Subtraction
Addition and Subtraction Fact Family Lesson Plans

While reading up on fact family teaching methods, I found several "house" worksheets and loved the idea.  Unfortunately a lot of these came from subscription websites.  So I created my own fact family house graphic, printed it on card stock and laminated it so my daughter could write on it over and over with a dry erase marker.

The three numbers making up the fact family are written on the roof, with the sum of the two addends at the top.  The child is to write the two addition and two subtraction facts relating these numbers in the windows below.  To make this activity seem more like a game, think of some fun ways to choose the numbers.  We lay dominos face down on the table and then turn one over to get the two addends.  You can also roll dice or pick two playing cards from a deck.  This is an example of the house filled in using the numbers on the domino.

If you would like to download a copy of the fact family house, click on the link to Google Docs below.   Print it on card stock, then laminate or place it inside a sheet protector.  The graphic is cropped to 8 x 10, so another option is to have it printed at your one-hour photo lab.

{Remember, this free printable is for personal use only.  Please do not sell or distribute it as your own.  If you would like to share, please link to this post and not directly to the download site.  Thank you!}

Want more?  Check out my free printable addition and subtraction flash cards!


  1. Love this! Maybe now I can help the grandkids with homework. I've missed you linking up with me; glad to have you back :)

  2. Great visual! My 5th grader is still working with fact families - she's love the visual ; )Hopping over from Share it Saturday!

  3. Kirstin,
    This is a great idea for kids. I wish I had something like this when my kids were young. Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above
    Melanie @ Keep It Simple and Fun

  4. What a great idea! I love your print out. Stopping by from Mom's Library blog hop.

  5. Great idea! I pinned. Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!

  6. Featuring YOU today! Thank you so much for linking up to {wow me} wednesday.

    Ginger @

  7. This is one of the BEST fact family houses I have ever seen! Thank you so much!!!
    Is there any way you could send me the template so I can create different color houses in Word? I have retired after 37 years and now volunteer in 1st grade and 3rd grade classrooms. I love to print and create games for teachers who don't have the time to explore the internet for new ideas.
    Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Thank you! I only have the file in jpg format which can be downloaded from the link in the post. If you are having problems with the download site, let me know and I can email it to you.

  8. Oh, I wish this was multiplication and division fact families! Super cute and a great way to practice!

  9. Thank you so much for sharing this!