We use division daily and probably don’t even realize it. When baking cupcakes, we divide the mixture into the cups, when we share a bar of chocolate with our children, we divide the squares equally and finally, when we put leftover change into a selection of charity boxes at the store, we try to ensure that each charity is getting the same amount. Division is a lifelong skill, regardless if we recognize its value.
The Problems with Division
Division is something that we do, probably without thinking a great deal about it. However, the frustrating thing is that you and I may have different strategies to divide. Take a cake, for example, which needs to be served to 12 people. I may cut the cake in half, then quarters until I get twelve equal parts. You may take the cake and estimate each of the twelve sizes based on the angles of a clock. We both produce the same outcome; however, we did the method in different ways. This is where problems arise for children in the classroom. They may be taught one way by a teacher, witness another way by a parent or guardian, meaning that their thoughts and actions get confused when it comes to number division. There is also the problem of breaking a whole number. While a cake is easily sliced, to a child, a number can not be cut in the same way. These issues and problems can confuse a child very easily.
Teaching Strategies and Ideas
When teaching division in Math lessons, it is important to introduce the idea of sharing. An idea would be to give pupils a number of sweets, buttons, crayons and ask them to share them among their friends. For example, you might give the child 6 sweets, and ask them to share the sweets with 3 people  therefore, each child has 2 sweets. When pupils are first learning division, it is very helpful for them to be able to share actual objects. As children learn best through visual and kinesthetic methods, they can process the information more quickly when they can see and visualize the calculation, enabling them to find the correct result.
After helping students gain an understanding through the handson approach, you can then move onto common multiples of 2, 5, and 10. It is important that pupils know their multiplications first as to be able to work backward. For example, 7 x 4 = 28. So therefore 28 divided by 4 equals 7. Having a good working knowledge of the multiplication tables helps calculations of division. Work through each number from 1 to 10 until pupils are comfortable dividing numbers without any remainders. Once they have built a good foundation, move onto the next stage. Division with remainders comes up next. Pupils must understand what to do with the leftover items and how to express them in the calculation. Using stated at the end of the equation, with a letter R, expresses how many of the remainders can be found. Again, it is best to start with objects to introduce this equation, then once the child is comfortable with the concept, move on without using the objects. Division can be a complex problem for a child, but following these steps will help your child come to terms with it. Counters and objects are a perfect way for your child to visualize the problem and enable them to find a solution. Division will take time, so plenty of encouragement will allow them to become masters at math. Thanks for reading! If you are looking for some fun division based activities to give your students lots of practice, check out the collection of resources below: Division Worksheet PDF  Crack the Fun Fact
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Students must solve math questions involving divisionfacts (between 112) to crack a fun fact! Division Review Math Mystery: Case of the Divided Dragons  3rd Grade Edition
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Division Review Math Mystery: the Case of the Divided Dragons. This math activity is a fun way to review and practice mathematical skills in the classroom or at home. Ideal for spiral review, consolidation, math centers, homework, enrichment, earlyfinisher or the subtub. Easy prep! Just Print & Solve! Or go paperless with the new Google Docs option provided within your download. NEW  Distance Learning Update: I've added a Word Document within the folder that contains a Google Doc link to share this resource with your students via Google Classroom or Drive. Parts of the pages are editable so that your students can complete without having to print the pages. Please note, you will need to make a copy of the Google Slides to your drive before you can edit. Students must complete math worksheets to unlock clues. Then, use their powers of deduction to narrow down the list of possibilities to solve the mystery case! NEW (optional) Ending Video Clip added to use after your students solve the mystery! (Please note that ending videos are currently not available in all of my mystery products.) Division Review Math Mystery: Case of the Divided Dragons  4th Grade Edition
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Division Review Math Mystery: the Case of the Divided Dragons. This math activity is a fun way to review and practice mathematical skills in the classroom or at home. Ideal for spiral review, consolidation, math centers, homework, enrichment, earlyfinisher or the subtub. Easy prep! Just Print & Solve! Or go paperless with the new Google Docs option provided within your download. Students must complete math worksheets to unlock clues. Then, use their powers of deduction to narrow down the list of possibilities to solve the mystery case! NEW (optional) Ending Video Clip added to use after your students solve the mystery! (Please note that ending videos are currently not available in all of my mystery products.) Division Review Math Mystery: Case of the Divided Dragons  5th Grade Edition
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Division Review Math Mystery: the Case of the Divided Dragons. This math activity is a fun way to review and practice mathematical skills in the classroom or at home. Ideal for spiral review, consolidation, math centers, homework, enrichment, earlyfinisher or the subtub. Easy prep! Just Print & Solve! Or go paperless with the new Google Docs option provided within your download. Students must complete math worksheets to unlock clues. Then, use their powers of deduction to narrow down the list of possibilities to solve the mystery case! NEW (optional) Ending Video Clip added to use after your students solve the mystery! (Please note that ending videos are currently not available in all of my mystery products.) Division Review Math Mystery: Case of the Divided Dragons  6th Grade Edition
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Division Review Math Mystery: the Case of the Divided Dragons. This math activity is a fun way to review and practice mathematical skills in the classroom or at home. Ideal for spiral review, consolidation, math centers, homework, enrichment, earlyfinisher or the subtub. Easy prep! Just Print & Solve! Or go paperless with the new Google Docs option provided within your download. Students must complete math worksheets to unlock clues. Then, use their powers of deduction to narrow down the list of possibilities to solve the mystery case! NEW (optional) Ending Video Clip added to use after your students solve the mystery! (Please note that ending videos are currently not available in all of my mystery products.)
Kick off the Case of the Divided Dragons with this video hook!
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