Whew! We made it! Happy Friday, everyone!
My little second grade math intervention group has been working on division strategies. I thought I would share a few ways in which I helped my kiddos grasp this concept.
Since I work with the intervention group, my students tend to have difficulty understanding math vocabulary. Before we dove into this concept, I needed to make sure that they understood the difference between equal and unequal groups. Rather than coming out and simply telling my students what an equal group is, I made a little chart and put pictures with examples of equal groups and unequal groups. I had my students look at the examples and share with an elbow partner about what they thought an equal/unequal group was. They were definitely able to explain this in their own words after seeing this chart.
We worked a lot with manipulatives to practice division concepts. The kiddos loved when I pulled out my stuffed animal friends to help us divide. Using the stuffed animals was a great way to help explain the concept of remainders. I had the students help me pass out manipulatives to the different stuffed animals. Sometimes there wouldn't be enough for them all to have an equal amount. That's when I would explain the idea of remainders.
Now that we are really getting the hang of division and what it means to divide, I have been working with my little friends on division word problems. I created this Scoot game to help them practice the concept. They took the above division mat around the room with them to help them with the word problems. This Scoot game may even be helpful to third or fourth graders who are struggling with division. You can download the game for free! Enjoy!
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!