February 27, 2021

Dividing by 2 Made Easy for You

Division Dividing by 2 free Activities and free anchor chart for 3rd Grade Math and 4th Grade Math Students

My students are always SO excited to learn their multiplication facts.  Spouting off random multiplication equations seems to make them feel like a genius even before they have understanding of what this operation actually entails.  

Division seems a bit harder for students.  Seeing the relationship between the two operations can be very helpful. Teaching dividing by two doesn't have to be hard! In fact, it can be fun! 

Here is my explanation of multiplication.  Multiplication is a "sister" that likes to put equal groups together.  It is a fast way to add. 


However, when it comes to division, I explain it is the "brother" of Multiplication. Where Multiplication is the "sister" that puts things together in equal groups, DIVISION is the brother that takes things apart in equal groups - so true ... my 3 boys LOVE taking things apart at home  ;)


Understanding what division means and identifying division words is very important. This will help when solving word problems.  I spend lot of time introducing division words early in my teaching so students have a better understanding what division means.  Here is an anchor chart I made for students that I sometimes use as a student journal cover.

Click HERE to grab a copy of this Division Word Anchor Chart, which may be the perfect addition to your classroom. 

Division Divide by 2 free Activities and anchor chart for Third grade Math and Fourth Grade Math

When teaching Division Dividing by Two facts, the first thing I do is  review Multiplication Facts Times 2 to refresh everyone's memory.

This catchy song, "Don't worry, don't sweat, don't even wonder - when you multiply two, you get an even number", reviews Multiplication by 2 Facts.  Be careful, you may be humming this tune soon.

Using math manipulatives can help students visualize the division concept.  We love using magnatile pieces and calling them "beds".  We also use mini erasers to split into equal groups.. Equally dividing the manipulatives and putting them on two separate objects allows the students to visually see the division of the number.
Division Divide by 2 free activities and anchor chart for third grade math and fourth grade math

At this age using real-life scenarios will help your students understand division. For example so if there are 13 cookies to be divided between 2 children have them work out how many cookies each kid should get. Then you can always share cookies with your class. 

The little elephant in the video below is super cute and helps beginning division students remember the relationship between multiplication and division. 

Even as an adult I sometimes use multiplication to solve the division facts problem. Instead of working from left to right, my eyes actually go from right to left switching the problem to multiplication.  In the Division Dividing by 2 worksheet below, I teach students this strategy .

Click HERE to download this FREEBIE to help with teaching division of 2. 
Division Dividing by 2 free Activities and anchor chart for Third Grade and Fourth Grade Math

My students live for Color by Number Activities. It is an amazing way to practice division either independently, in small math centers, for early finishers, or working with a friend collaboratively.  It can be so fun!

Division Dividing by 2 free Activities and anchor chart for Third Grade and Fourth Grade Math

Teaching Division Dividing by Two Facts to your Third Grade Math or Fourth Grade Math students is important because it creates a wonderful foundation for higher math.  With the above free anchor chart and activities students will begin to master their facts.

Dividing by 2 activities are a fantastic way to provide practice for any division strategies that you are teaching. 

This dividing by 2 resource is a fantastic supplement to those teachers looking for more support and ideas to teach division. From spy stories to mathematical mazes this division bundle is perfect with fun activities to practice dividing by 2. 

Division dividing by 2 Activities for 3rd Grade Math and 4th Grade Math StudentsDivision dividing by 2 Activities for 3rd Grade Math and 4th Grade Math Students

The dividing by 2 resource is versatile, as well as perfect for morning work, homework, small group enrichment centers, and partnered work. Plus, it is a fun and engaging resource for your students and no-prep for you! 

Division dividing by 2 Activities for 3rd Grade Math and 4th Grade Math Students
You can always “COUNT ON ME” for engaging, differentiated math resources to help every student shine!

February 17, 2021

Black History Month Math Activities for Upper Elementary Students

 

Black History Month Math Activities FREE for 3rd Grade Math, 4th Grade Math and 5th Grade Math Students


Most teachers share content related to Black History Month in social studies and reading classes, however, I think Black History Month should be a focus in all content areas. 

There are so many contributions Black, Indigenous, and People of Color have made to math. Recognizing these contributions during Black History Month is so important for your elementary math classroom!  Here are some ways to incorporate black history month math.

Celebration Contributions of Black Mathematicians during Black History Month

There are so many Black, Indigenous, and People of Color that have significantly changed the field of mathematics. Share their stories and contributions with your students as a cross-curricular way to celebrate Black History Month. Black History Month Math starts with these amazing Black Mathematicians!

Katherine Johnson

You and your students may be familiar with the name Katherine Johnson after the popularity of the movie Hidden Figures.  Johnson along with Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson used her knowledge of math and science to send John Glenn on his orbital space mission. Not only was Johnson one of the first major female and African American contributors to NASA, her legacy paved the way for science and math technology in the space program for years to come. Johnson died at 101 in February 2020.  

Celebrating Black History Month Math by following the current happenings in NASA and SpaceEx, modern scientific events that Katherine Johnson paved the way for.
   Black History Month Math Activities FREE for 3rd Grade Math, 4th Grade Math and 5th Grade Math Students
Here is a read aloud by the Illustrator, Laura, Freeman, of Hidden Figures


Benjamin Banneker

You and your students have Benjamin Banneker to thank for keeping the time in your classroom.  Yes, Banneker invented the first clock in America. In addition, he was an astronomer that predicted solar eclipses and understood the patterns of the sun, moon, and stars. Black History Month Math is not complete without a study of telling time, something possible because of Black mathematicians like Benjamin Banneker!
   Black History Month Math Activities FREE for 3rd Grade Math, 4th Grade Math and 5th Grade Math Students
Check out "Have you Thanked An Inventor Read Aloud" from Youtube Below

Gladys West

Even if your students have not heard the name Gladys West, they are familiar with this African American mathematician’s contributions to modern America! West, age 91, is credited with developing satellite models that eventually became Global Positioning Systems or GPS. Study Black History Month Math by celebrating Gladys West’s contributions! 

Have your students use Google Maps to map out directions and mileage from home to school or for a special trip (planned or dreamed)!

Black History Month Math

When it is time for math review, don’t forget to keep celebrating with Black History Month Math.  The Black History Month Math resource gives facts about African American heroes while reviewing important multiplication math skills!  

Practice multiplication with fact power!  The resource includes multiplication facts from 2-12, Doubles, x20, x25, and Mixed Review. 

 While your students are practicing their multiplication tables, learn about the contributions of African American heroes while completing color by number worksheets. These heroes will inspire your students with Black History Month Math!
  • Thurgood Marshall
  • Sojourner Truth
  • Booker T Washington
  • Sarah E Goode
  • Ruby Bridges
  • Marcus Garvey
  • Fredrick Douglass
  • George Washington Carver
  • Jackie Robinson
  • Jessie Owens
  • Bessie Coleman
  • Coretta Scott King
  • Marian Anderson
  • Horace Pipen
  • Harriet Powers
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Effa Manley

  • As an added bonus, use the bookmarks with multiplication facts to review times tables all year long! Black History Month Math is here! Study the contributions of Black mathematicians and heroes throughout American history. 

    Your students will enjoy reviewing their math facts while learning more about these incredible humans through Black History Month!

    Want a FREE sample?  Click HERE to grab this Multiplication Color by Number celebrating the GREAT Maya Angelou. 

    Black History Month Math Activities FREE for 3rd Grade Math, 4th Grade Math and 5th Grade Math Students


    Black History Month does not need to be the only time to showcase these amazing men and women's accomplishments.  What do you do in your home or classroom to celebrate greatness?

    Black History Month Math Activities for Third Grade Math, Fourth Grade Math and Fifth Grade Math



    Black History Month Math Activities for 3rd Grade Math, 4th Grade Math and 5th Grade Math Students
    You can always “COUNT ON ME” for engaging, differentiated math resources to help every student shine!