Informative Division Strategies Activity for 3rd-grade

Are you searching for and informative division strategies activity that's also engaging? In my personal experience there are not a lot of activities that cover the division strategies. Especially activities in which students are actually engaged.

What are division strategies you say? Well, Just in case you didn't know, division strategies are methods that students can use for solving division equations. For division facts 1-10 or 1-12 students can use equal groups, arrays, repeated subtraction, fact families, and skip counting

Division Strategies:  Equal Groups

Like multiplication strategies, the first division strategy that should be introduced is equal groups. Equal groups consist of equal groups of one object equally divided to create the divisor.

An easy way for students to use equal groups is to draw the amount of circles of the divisor. Then, students will place a dot in each circle until they reach the amount of the dividend. After all the student has reached the number of the dividend, count the number in the circles and that is the quotient. As shown below, the dividend is 36 and is divided equally into four groups of 9..

36 objects divided equally into 4 groups equals 4 groups of 9.

36 ÷ 4 = 9

Division Strategies:  Arrays

When teaching students to use arrays, divide the rows in the array. In the array, the number of shapes is the dividend and the number in each row is the divisor. So, that means the number of rows is the quotient.

Relating what students know about using arrays to solve a multiplication problem can also help with understanding when using them for division.

12 objects divided equally into 4 different rows equals 3 on each row.

12 ÷ 3 = 4

Division Strategies:  Repeated Subtraction

Repeated subtraction is the process of subtracting the divisor from dividend until you get to zero. The amount of times that the divisor is subtracted gives you the quotient. As you can see below, 4 is the divisor in this division sentence. So, 4 can be subtracted from 16 equally 4 times.

4 can be subtracted from 16 equally 4 times

16 ÷ 4 = 4

Fact Families a Division Strategy

Fact families are math facts or equations using related factors. If students know their multiplication facts, then they should be able to build on that knowledge and

If you can solve a multiplication sentence, you can solve a division sentence.

If you can solve 3 × 4 = 12 and 4 × 3 = 12,

then you can solve 12 ÷ 3 = 4 and 12 ÷ 4 = 3.

Skip Counting a Division Strategy

Skip counting is pretty straight forward. Students will skip count in a pattern using the divisor until they reach the dividend. The number of times that were skip counted using the divisor is the quotient.

As you can see in the flip book below, the skip counts were labeled with arrows for students to easily identify how many skip counts they take, but the multiples can also be counted themselves.

4, 8, ____, ____, ____, ____, 28

28 ÷ 4 = 7

Informative Division Strategies Flip Book

Flip books are a big hit! The division strategies flip book can be viewed in the photographs on this page.

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Alternately, I love it when I can provide teachers and homeschool parents with quality resources that they can utilize.

For that reason, I compiled a free resource containing ONE task card out of every task card in my MEGA bundle. That way, teachers can try the resource before they make an investment.

One of the biggest issues that I ran across when I started homeschooling my daughter was the fact that a "normal" grade book, like what I used in the classroom, would not be sufficient for recording her grades. I wanted to keep efficient homeschool grades, but I only needed to keep them for ONE STUDENT.

Even if you have more than one child that you are homeschooling, you probably have a similar issue. Unless you students are in the same grade or same class, you need a grade book that keeps your children's grades separate.

What's the solution? Well, I created editable and printable one-student grade sheets. The grade sheets include 3-subjects per page with 15-days each, including a space for a progress grade. Keeping this progress grade up-to-date will help you not get bogged down at the end of the semester when you are trying to get ALL THE THINGS finished.

Now that you have the record sheet solved, you may be wondering "How many grades should you record per week?"

How Many Grades Should You Record Per Week?

As a classroom teacher I was required to record two grades per week per subject. I generally chose some type of assessment or task that showed student knowledge and growth.

Honestly, you can have as many grades that you want, just make sure they represent a measurement of your child's growth. You don't have to grade everything. Busy work for example... not only do I suggest not grading busy work, I would not recommend using it at all. It's like empty learning calories. Your child does not gain anything from completing the busy work and it basically just wastes time. UNLESS you are using it as a type of reward for your child. Maybe if they have worked hard in a class they can have something fun to do instead of their normal work. I like to use color-by-number worksheets or learning games for good behavior.

What Grading Scale Should You Use?

If your state does not have a set scale that you are required to use, you can choose your own. Check your state homeschool laws here.

If it were me, I would use the grading scale for the school district that you live in. That way when you figure your child's transcript, they will be on the same playing field as their peers.

How to do a Transcript for High School Students

TRANSCRIPT!? I have to do a transcript? How do I do a transcript?

I cannot tell you how many times I have had this said to me. DON'T STRESS! The only thing you need to do is keep track of your child's grades. I recommend a transcript service. If you are a member of HSLDA and have homeschool insurance with them, which I highly recommend, you can get their transcript service for a discounted price. If you are not a member it is \$24.95 per year and worth every penny. I only purchased this my daughter's senior year because I truly didn't need it before then. I think I only paid around \$15 since I am a member.

HSLDA’s Transcript Service

That's GREAT! It will definitely save you time if your children are in the same grade or class. Plus, I created grade sheets to accommodate that situation. They all include 3-subjects and 15-days per page, plus room for a progress grade. Check out the grade sheets if you are in need.

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How to Start Homeschooling: 5 Useful Tips to Get You Started

So you made the decision and now you need to learn how to start homeschooling your kiddos.

Before I share my helpful tips, let me just start with saying that I am not a lawyer and everything in this post is not legal advice.

So what are those FIVE things?

You Need Homeschool Insurance

The first thing I would tell any new teacher or homeschool parent is to get insurance to cover yourself. There are so many situations in which you might need help, insurance should be the first thing you conquer on your homechooling journey. Plus, it's super affordable so don't stress!

I am serious... homeschool insurance will cover you A.S.A.P. There are people out there that are completely against children being homeschooled. From my experience, they will not hesitate to share their opinion on the subject with you, which includes harassing your children about what they do all day.

The insurance that I recommend is Home School Legal Defense. HDSLA has an affordable monthly fee and also offers a discount if you purchase a yearly membership.

Check the Laws in Your State

This is probably a given, but each state has different laws about homeschooling. There are a few states, like Oklahoma, that are easier to homeschool in than say... New York or Vermont.

HDSLA offers an interactive map, Homeschool Laws by State, to help parents navigate what they need to do to get prepared.

Also, just keep in mind, if there is ever a question, stick with what the federal law says. What does that mean? Well let's say some states don't require you to keep records in any form, but federal law does require record keeping. You keep the records to cover your hiney. That's just an example, do the research for yourself, please.

Develop an Efficient way to Keep Records

Developing an efficient record system is key to staying organized, but also keeping yourself covered legally. By now hopefully you have researched what type of records you need to keep for your state.

A regular grade book purchased at a school supply store isn't necessarily ideal, but if that is all you have, you can make it work. You can also check out the grade sheets I made specifically for homeschooling my daughter.

The grade sheets have 3 subjects per page and track 3 weeks per page.

You may also want to purchase report cards.

With all this in mind, understand that you will probably fine tune your record keeping method as you go.

Create a Homeschool Calendar for the Year

Your state will require you to teach your student for a certain amount of days per year. For example, my state requires 180 days with five professional days. Now, for the rest of the 175 days... lets just use that as our example, yours may be more or less.

This is where the calendar comes in. You will most likely want to plan in holidays, vacations, etc... through the school year. Starting from the first day you start school, plan out those days. Then, count out how many days you will need to teach. Yes, you can count weekends as long as you will be teaching on those days.

For those five professional days I plan some type of homeschooling professional development for myself. Search your area for homeschool expos or conferences. In my state, children are not required to do school work on professional development days.

Professional development is a type of maintenance of your homeschool knowledge and expertise. PD will help you be a better homeschool teacher and become more prepared and confident in your teaching.  Plus, it is a good way to network with other homeschool parents

Compose a Rough Scope and Sequence with Your Curriculum

"WHAT IN TARNATIONS IS A SCOPE AND SEQUENCE!"

Don't stress! A scope and sequence is not a scary thing, I promise. Many curriculums have these included. If not, scan the table of contents, this is a good place to start.

Why do you need a scope and sequence? Teachers use scope and sequences to plan out their curriculum for the year. Also, this is the time that I cut out chapters or lessons I don't want to teach.

Of course, you may have to change some things you planned. You know, fractions are hard!

Having a list of your state standards (if required) is probably a good idea. This way, you know you are including chapters, lessons, objectives, etc... that you need to teach your child. Don't skip the chapter on the properties of multiplication if it is something you need to teach. You know what I mean?

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Alternately, I love it when I can provide teachers and homeschool parents with quality resources that they can utilize.

For that reason, I compiled a free resource containing ONE task card out of every task card in my MEGA bundle. That way, teachers can try the resource before they make an investment.

Back-to-School Multiplication Strategies Activities

Whether you are new to digital classrooms, or have been using them for a while, these back-to-school multiplication strategies activities for in person or digital classrooms are just what you need to be prepared for the back-to-school season. Especially for those teachers that are required to do distance learning.

Though, don't worry if you are still in the classroom or homeschool and want a printable version, these task cards come in PDF form as well.

If you'd like to skip the article and just buy the  Multiplication Strategies Bundle, that's cool. It comes with the task cards seen below, plus a multiplication strategies flip book for reference.

The muliplication strategies task cards come in PDF, as well as digital versions to be used in Google Slides™

Multiplication Strategies

What are the 5 strategies of multiplication? They are grouping or equal groups, which should be introduced first, followed by arrays, repeated addition, skip counting, and number lines.

Equal Groups and Multiplication

First, for the equal groups task cards students will find the number of groups and the number of each group then solve a multiplication sentences with those factors.

There are 12 task cards to accommodate teachers that teach facts 1-10 or 1-12.

Again, the task cards come in printable PDF and digital versions to be used in Google Slides™.

Using Arrays and Multiplication

Next, using arrays and multiplication task cards students will write or type the multiplication sentence for the array in the space given.

Also, there are 12 task cards to accommodate teachers that teach facts 1-10 or 1-12.

These task cards come in printable PDF and digital versions to be used in Google Slides™ as well.

Then, for repeated addition task cards, students will write or type a multiplication sentence that represents the addition sentence given.

Again, there are 12 task cards to accommodate teachers that teach facts 1-10 or 1-12.

The repeated addition task cards also come with a printable PDF and digital versions to be used in Google Slides™

Skip Counting and Multiplication

For the skip counting task cards, students will finish the pattern by writing or typing the rest of the pattern for each factor.

Number Lines and Multiplication

Number lines and multiplication is not ready for digital classrooms yet, but will be up soon. You can still purchase the PDF version of this resource. I am struggling with creating and understandable way for students to complete this activity in digital classrooms.

Stay tuned...

The multiplication facts task cards cover facts 1-10 or 1-12, depending on each school's curriculum. Each task card is separated into factors and students will write or type the answer to the multiplication sentences in two ways. This reinforces the commutative property of multiplication.

These task cards come in PDF and digital versions to be used in Google Slides™

You may also like this free resource.

I hate it when I invest in something and later feel like what I purchased was not worth what I paid.

Alternately, I love it when I can provide teachers and homeschool parents with quality resources that they can utilize.

For that reason, I compiled a free resource containing ONE task card out of every task card in my MEGA bundle. That way, teachers can try the resource before they make an investment.

Division as an Unknown Factor for 3rd Grade Math

When teaching students to understand division as an unknown factor, they must first understand the factors and product that correspond with the factors and quotient. For example,

for a student to be able to solve:

45 ÷ 9 = 5

they should first understand that:

9 × 5 = 45

With this in mind, are two ways that I like to teach division as an unknown factor; arrays and fact families.

Using Arrays and Division as an Unknown Factor

Arrays are a multiplication and division strategy that help students visualize and develop a stronger sense of multiplication and division. Also, arrays are useful to help students represent their thinking with manipulatives like counters, cubes, etc...

Fact Families and Division as an Unknown Factor

Next in line, fact families are a set of factors that make up a multiplication sentence, division sentence, or equation. Fact families are great for representing division as an unknown factor because students have to know the multiplication sentence, which then helps them solve the division sentence.

3rd Grade Math Centers and Rotations

Since math centers should cover things that our students already know, it is important to find resources that aren't too difficult. I like to ask the question, "pretend you are explaining how to solve this problem to a friend." Students have to use what they have learned and it usually ends up being more than they realized.

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I hate it when I invest in something and later feel like what I purchased was not worth what I paid.

Alternately, I love it when I can provide teachers and homeschool parents with quality resources that they can utilize.

For that reason, I compiled a free resource containing ONE task card out of every task card in my MEGA bundle. That way, teachers can try the resource before they make an investment.

Exciting 100 Days of School Multiplication and Division

The 100th day of school is almost here! Wow, that went fast! I don't know about everyone else, but I am a sucker for themed days in the classroom or homeschool. These exciting 100 days of school multiplication and division color by number worksheets are the perfect activity to add to your 3rd-grade and 4th-grade festivities.

The worksheets work great in math centers, math rotations, early finishers, sub tubs, good behavior, and even just for fluency practice.

100 Days of School Multiplication Color by Number

If you wish to choose the 100 days of school multiplication color by number worksheets, you get eight worksheets with facts 1-10.

The exciting 100 days of school multiplication and division

100 Days of School Division Color by Number

With the division color by number option, you get eight worksheets with division facts 1-10. As you can see in the photographs below, you get a variety of 100 day-themed worksheets.

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These winter-themed color by number worksheets are always a big hit!

Whether you need multiplication or division, these check all the boxes!

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Helpful Tips for Writing Two-Step Word Problems

Personally, I think that 3rd-grade is the biggest transition for students math-wise. Solving two-step word problems in 3rd-grade is the perfect example of this difficult transition. Below I share with you my helpful tips for writing two-step word problems.

I have taught grades 2-8 math, so I am speaking from experience when I share this opinion. Many of my students struggled with the transition from 2nd-grade to 3rd-grade. My own daughter spent many nights crying in 3rd-grade. Sadly, I won't go into the upsetting details, this was due to her math teacher every time (this was before I became a math teacher so I was not able to truly understand what was wrong).

Third-grade is when, as teachers, we should start preparing our students for algebraic expressions and equations and more algebra in the future. THIS IS A DIFFICULT JUMP! If students miss this strong algebra base, they tend to struggle unless there is intervention.

With two-step word problems, we are not only prepping students for algebraic expressions and equations, but also order of operations. Two-step word problems vary in difficulty and in some cases require students to use a variable.

If you follow the CCSS, which my state does, the objective states, "Represent these problems using equations with a letter standing for the unknown quantity." I have honestly had feedback that this was too difficult, but this is exactly what the standard is requesting! Yes, I understand, variables are for Algebra 1!

They are not just for Algebra 1, though. Every time we ask a student to find the missing factor, they are using this skill. For example, 5 x ? = 25. Truly, it is the same skill.

Make the Two-Step Word Problems Relate-able

Consequently, if you haven't realized this already, students like things they can relate to. Whether it is something in the problem, or the way we deliver the problem to them. Obviously, there is more to teaching two-step word problems than "an engagingly written problem". BUT this is an area I would like teachers to start with.

I listen to a podcast for my personal business. On this podcast, the host stresses what would catch his attention if you were trying to target him with a Facebook ad. He loves a specific football team and talks about them on every episode. His point is that if you were to get him to look at your ad, all you would have to do is fit this football team into the equation some how. For example, even if you are selling dental services, he will probably switch dentists because he loves his football team that much.

What does that mean for students? Each one of your students have something similar to podcasters love for his favorite football team. If you were to write a two-step word problem that was centered around your school's football team, basketball team, etc... it would resonate with some of your students.

Maybe you could write a problem about a field trip you have taken or a special guest that has visited your school.

Like I said above, if students can relate to the problem... put themselves in the equations... they are more likely to comprehend the objective without even realizing what a difficult problem they have just solved.

A Helpful Math Strategy for Solving Two-Step Word Problems

When teaching students to solve word problems, my "go-to" is the CUBES math strategy.

The CUBES math strategy helps students "break-down" the word problem in bite-size chunks. It is a fabulous method, and I highly recommend further research of this strategy!

In Conclusion, A Nutshell Review

In conclusion, here is a run down of my helpful tips for writing two-step word problems:

• Understand the standards before you write
• Make the problems relate-able to your students' experiences
• Find a way to get your students excited about what is in the problems.
• Remember the CUBES math strategy (or a similar strategy) while writing

In the case that you do not wish to write your own two-step word problems, I have created these task cards to use in math centers, math rotations, etc... The names in the task cards are either from my pets or my family. That is a fun tidbit to share with your students.

The task cards are shaped like phones and SUPER easy to prep.

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These CUBES math strategy flip books pair perfectly with the two-step word problem task cards.

CUBES math strategy is my favorite strategy to use with math word problems. It truly helps students break the problems down.

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Multiplication Word Problems in 3rd Grade

Understanding multiplication word problems in 3rd-grade can be daunting for sure. Truthfully, all the methods can be in place and your lesson can still fall flat. Personally, I feel that in this case, the one thing that is missing deals with whether or not the student is engaged and having fun.

Also, I feel like sometimes required curriculum can fail us, even if it is standards-based.

One day, I tried to dream up an activity that paired with my favorite math strategy (CUBES), that would be a big hit and hit the standards.

Then, I realized, the most popular thing among students that I know... is their phone... How cute is the phone theme?!

These multiplication within 100 task cards pair perfect with my CUBES math strategy flip book.

The fun thing about these cards that you can share with your students - the names are from my daughter, family, and pets!

Personally, I like to laminate the task cards for durability and reuse. Of course, this step is optional, but super efficient.

Use the task cards in math centers, math rotations, etc...

CUBES Math Strategy and Word Problems

C.U.B.E.S. math strategy is commonly used to teach students how to deconstruct word problems to make them easier to solve.

Circle all the important numbers, underline the question, box all the important math words, evaluate the important words that you may have left out and eliminate what you don't need, and solve the word problem.

This flip book is a compact way for students to review the steps at home or at school. Plus, I always think providing parents with manipulatives to help their kiddos reinforce what they are being taught is a FABULOUS THING! AND this flip book is not 3rd-grade specific so it can be used for many years.

You may also like this free resource.

I hate it when I invest in something and later feel like what I purchased was not worth what I paid.

Alternately, I love it when I can provide teachers and homeschool parents with quality resources that they can utilize.

For that reason, I compiled a free resource containing ONE task card out of every task card in my MEGA bundle. That way, teachers can try the resource before they make an investment.

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Join the Magical 12 Days of Christmas

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Color by Number Christmas Division Worksheets

Christmas is in the air and these color by number division worksheets for Christmas are just what you need to spread joy in your classroom. Plus, color by number worksheets are always a big hit with the kiddos!

Use the worksheets for early-finisher, math centers, for good behavior, practice, etc...

Color by Number Christmas Division Worksheets Version 1

Currently, I have two versions of Christmas division color by number worksheets. The difference boils down to style and the amount of division sentences on each worksheet.

Version 1 has more division sentences and less colors than version 2. Though, both version contain a Rudolph-themed multiplication chart.

What's included in version 1:

• Christmas Ornament
• North Star
• Presents for Christmas
• Poinsettia
• Snowman
• Bell
• Snowflake
• Mistletoe

Color by Number Christmas Division Worksheets Version 2

Version 2 (featured in the photographs below) is more bubbly and colorful than version 2. Your choice truly depends on the need for your classroom and personal preference.

Like I said above, both versions contain a Rudolph-themed multiplication charts.

In the end, color by number worksheets are AMAZING and you may just want to snag both!

What's included in version 2:

• Santa Claus (skin tone left blank for students)
• Mrs. Claus (skin tone left blank for students)
• Elf (skin tone left blank for students)
• Rudolph
• Candy Canes
• Wreath
• Presents for Christmas
• Christmas Tree