Our interactive Division Lesson Plan introduces the concept of division and prepares students to represent and solve problems involving basic division facts. Using counters, students engage in experiential learning to reinforce the concept of division. Generalize understanding as students consider the benefits of dividing in real-world scenarios.
Classroom Procedure Sample Snippet:
- Display the 24 items for students to see.
- Choose a volunteer to count the total number of items in all, counting one to fifteen. Display the number.
- Choose another volunteer to count the total number of containers, counting one to twelve. Display the number.
- Ask students: How many different ways the 24 items can be separated or divided so the same number of items is in each container?
- Distribute 24 chips/counters for students to practice dividing them equally. Tell students to divide them just ONCE, so they have an equal number of sets.
- Once the class has time to do this, call on one student at a time to place the 24 displayed items into the number of containers needed that match how they divided their counters.
- Call on one student at a time until all factors of 24 are used: 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, and 12. Display their representations: 24 ÷ 2 = 12, 24 ÷ 3 = 8, etc.
- Using the 24 counters students have at their desk, guide them to create other division problems by listing some problems on the board. Say: Show me what 10 divide by 2 looks like using your counters. Do this until students have a general understanding of division.
- Explain to students that division is the opposite of multiply, and instead of adding numbers repeatedly, they will be splitting them apart or dividing them into the equal parts they added repeatedly. Show an example using the board or other display method.
- Distribute Basic Division content pages and read together in class, sharing additional examples and explanations, if needed, for students to gain a better understanding of division.
- At the end of the content pages, allow time for response and discussion to the question: Can you think of times when dividing numbers will be helpful to you? (continued)
Common Core State Standards: CCSS.Math.Content.3.OA.A.2, CCSS.Math.Content.3.OA.A.3, CCSS.Math.Content.3.OA.A.4, CCSS.Math.Content.3.OA.B.6
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions
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