Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hands-on Long Division

I wanted to share this quick, easy, and effective idea I tried out earlier this year as my 6th graders were reviewing long division! Before the lesson, I cut out and laminated some division bars and decimal points using cardstock. I also organized some decks of cards so that each group would have about six of each number. I taped some handwritten zeros over face cards for students to use. Once you have done this you are all set and have everything you need ready to go!

I had students work in groups of two or three. Each group randomly flipped over cards to create a division problem! I gave them some guidelines for the first couple problems (three digit number divided by two digit, etc.). Once they got the hang of it, I let them be a little more creative with the problems they created! They really enjoyed the hands-on aspect of this activity. I also liked how it forced them to slow down and think through each step! Thought I'd share this quick, free, and easy activity for long division practice! Enjoy!


  1. This is awesome! I really like this idea. I am going to try this with my class.


    1. Great! My students really enjoyed it. I would recommend carrying around some extra cards of each number so that if groups run out of a specific number, you can just give them a new card!