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!

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

    Sean

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    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!

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