With the recent Mathathon and our shop in the classroom we have been doing lots of work on basic facts. This week I put a box of magnetic numbers next to a whiteboard easel and put 2+2=4 on the top. I came back later and the children had independently added their own basic facts sentences! They love seeing how many they can make and many have been including subtraction problems as well. The activity has really caught on even though there was no guidance on my part at all- just a blank canvas and some numbers! There sure are a lot of great thinkers in Room 12!