Division Lesson Plans and Sample Exercises

When teaching division to your class, try using interactive lessons to keep your students engaged. By teaching division in fun ways, your students will often be motivated to practice division and learn how to do it efficiently and confidently. Keep reading to find out more.

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Teaching Your Class Division

Finding and Creating Lesson Plans

There are probably many ideas for division lessons in the teacher's edition of the textbook. However, you may want to deviate from these lessons in order to maintain interest and involvement from your class. Educational stores and the Internet are both solid resources for fun lesson plans and materials. If you want to create your own lessons, there is also a plethora of useful lesson templates and possible exercises you can use to save time.

Usually, you'll begin by introducing the division concepts that you'll be addressing with the class and reviewing relevant information from previous lessons. Next, you'll go over the new material and allow students to ask questions. At this point, it's often effective to have students complete an exercise, like a worksheet or interactive activity. Finally, you'll recap the lesson and assess your class's progress.

The Steps to Teaching Division

Before diving head first into division problems in a lesson, it's often best to first introduce your students to the basic division concepts. Although having students memorize math facts is an effective and often necessary process, memorization can be meaningless without first providing your class with a thorough understanding of the process of division.

Make division meaningful by using activities that involve dividing physical objects, like blocks or pencils. Once children gain a true understanding of what division is in a tangible way, it may be a good time to begin working on division facts to increase their speed and ability to complete more difficult problems.

Division Activities and Games

Include games and activities in the classroom to review the concepts and maintain your students' interests. For example, when teaching division facts, have your students form two competing teams. When it's a particular team's turn, have a student that you call on shout out the answer to a simple problem, like 6 ÷ 2. If the student answers correctly, he or she scores a point for the team. Alternatively, break students into groups of two and have them play a version of tic-tac-toe, where they must solve a division problem before labeling a square with an X or an O.

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