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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Teaching Long Division

I'm popping in today to share some long division activities and anchor charts that have been sitting  since December just waiting to be posted. :)  Time slips away, doesn't it?

We started out our division unit by making this little chart in our notebooks.  We needed a quick way to review division and get into the division mindset!  This is a picture of my teacher notebook that I projected using the document camera while the students made their own version in their notebooks.

We spent several days working on basic division and making sure they were solid on that.  I also spent copious amounts of time talking about how multiplication relates to division... they needed that frame of mind to get ready for long division.  Oh, long division.  It's a doozy, that's for sure!

Here is a peek at my teacher notebook (again, I create it with them as they take notes in their notebooks.  I didn't pull out any fun foldables for this one because it is such a tough concept I wanted them really focusing on the concept.  You can also see the anchor chart I made to replicate the notebook page.  This hangs in the classroom for reference.

 We spent as much time as we possibly could on division, primarily working in math workshop groups so that I could work on reteaching and enriching in small groups.  I usually have three stations for my math workshop model: Task Cards and/or Games, Independent Work, and Meet With Teacher. We did two really fun activities during independent work... the students BEGGED to keep working on that station time and time again!  The first one we worked on was my Movie Marathon Division Project.  This one gives them so much division practice that is all real-world and incredibly engaging, if I do say so myself.  In the past, I have also sent this home as an at-home project or used it as an assessment.

...and yes, popcorn is the perfect snack to munch on while they are working on this project! 

The other independent work project we did was actually slightly different than what is pictured here because we did it with a Christmas Tree!  Since I am so late getting this posted, I wanted to adapt it so that it could be used any time of year, and so the Division House was born!

As much as I loved how all of their trees turned out in the Christmas version, I love the house version even more!  Some students may need a little bit of help getting started or building their equations, but overall, most students could complete this division activity by themselves.

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During Meet with Teacher and the Task Card Station, we used several of the resources from my Long Division Resource Bundle.   You can check that out HERE. Their favorite from the Task Card station was the Write & Solve Task Cards!  They are given two numbers and then a theme and they have to write their own division word problem.  It was so much fun to see what they came up with.  :) 

After we were pretty solid on long division, I introduced the concept of interpreting remainders.  While they had been working with remainders, we really hadn't required them to think critically about what the remainders represented, particularly in word problems.  We made a foldable with examples of what you might do with the remainders.  Each tab has a word problem example under the flap.


I have set up the template to be printed double sided.  If you don't have that option, just print both pages and glue the examples in. 

Also in our math notebooks, we worked through some of my interpreting remainders task cards.  I didn't end up putting these in a center because I really wanted to hear their thinking about remainders.  We did several in Meet With Teacher and several as exit tickets (I just print them out for each student and they glue them to paper then turn them in).

Our unit ended like most do... with an assessment!  In the past, I have also used the Movie Marathon project as an assessment, but with standards-based grading, we need so much evidence.  Here is a free long division assessment (you can also use it as review or just as printable practice) that I created!

Happy teaching!  If you have any other long division activities or ideas, please feel free to share them!  It seems I can never get enough. 


  1. I'm loving the base ten model for long division. It really shows students what is happening in the algorithm.

    Check it out:

  2. What great resources! Thank you so much for sharing them. I don't have any homemade goodies to share with you, but here in Florida (Teaching with a Beach View? :D ), we use tons of resources from The Florida Standards are almost identical to Common Core, so there should be plenty you can use or adapt. If you search MAFS.4.NBT.2.6 and MAFS.4.OA.1.3, you will find lots of useful resources. Most are in Word files so you can tweak them to fit your class. Hope this is helpful - I feel indebted to you for these great freebies!

  3. What great resources! Thank you so much for sharing them. I don't have any homemade goodies to share, but I can point you to, where my teaching partner and I pull most of our lessons. We are in Florida (Teaching with a Beach View? :D ), and the Florida Standards are almost identical to the CCSS, so there should be plenty you can use or tweak for your class. Search MAFS.4.NBT.2.6 (division) and MAFS.4.OA.1.3 (interpreting remainders), and see what's useful. Most files are in Word so you can adapt them easily. Hope this is helpful - I feel indebted to you for all these freebies. :-)

  4. Thank you for all the great resources. I teach Tier III Math in middle school and long division is a struggle for many of these kids, I like having different options.