Diving into Division in June

             As our year is beginning to wind down, my students are still busy diving into division and learning many division strategies to help them.

What is division anchor chart to start division unit

              Many classrooms use the same approach when introducing students to Division.  I found these two visuals on the internet of teacher’s using chart paper examples to help students discover that the world of division can be approached by many different angles.  The key is to find the strategy that makes the most sense to the individual student.

Thinking of Teaching: Math Talk and Two New Strategies to Try!!Love this!

           Some students who find division extremely complicated can even manage to get away with more of a multiplication / subtraction approach.

The 4th Grade May-niacs: Division without Dividing?!?!

     Divisibility Rules:  Just a quick visual to review the rules of divisibility.

Divisibility Rules Anchor Chart (picture only)

Divisibility Rules Song Video:


Divisibility Rules:  Division by 4 Video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbzZhx-xZHE

Divisibility Rules:  2,5, and 10 Video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-SW6URvqqM

              Some of the many strategies that students could choose to explore and use include (but is not limited to) the following:

Number Line

Box Method

Dividing Tens and Hundreds

You can rename numbers to help you divide.

Calculate 800 ÷ 4

Rename 800 as 8 hundrends

8 hundreds ÷ 4 = 2 hundreds

So 800 ÷ 4 = 200


Lattice Division

Sketch An Array

Divide by Halving

Divide by Breaking UP The Numbers

Splitting Method (Halving and Halving again…)

Standard Long Division Algorithm


Base Ten

Rename as Tens or Hundreds

Estimate using a nearby number

Using Subtraction to Divide

Dividing by Sharing

Dividing with Remainders

Division with Remainders Anchor Chart


           Wishing everyone a wonderful June…speedily heading toward a joyful July!

About musingsofamathteacher

I am presently employed at New Sarepta Elementary School as a grade five teacher. During my career I have taught Grades 12 - 2. The past three years I was fortunate to work part-time as Math Lead for my school district, Black Gold Regional Schools, and have just recently accepted a part-time secondment with Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium. I have always had a passion for mathematics and am excited about implementing Alberta's "new" mathematics curriculum.
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