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This 8-page lesson packet covers the easily mixed up operations of multiplication and division.
We know that choosing the operation for word problems is one of the hardest things to master in fourth grade. So why throw all 4 operations at kids all at once? Better to focus on two operations at a time so kids can focus on the subtle differences between the two. In this lesson students explore the difference between multiplication (repeated groups of the same amount) and division (splitting a group into smaller equal groups). What do words like "each, every, and per" tell me? How can I tell if I'm given the total or trying to find the total? How can a model help me choose my operation?
For each problem students are asked to:
⇒Draw a model (the step where they determine the operation)
⇒Choose the operation by writing the problem
⇒Answer in a complete sentence
This lesson is designed for 4th grade, but could be used in any upper elementary or middle school classroom where students struggle with choosing the operation.
This lesson packet includes:
⇒Teacher-Lead Example Problems
⇒3-Page Independent Practice
⇒Challenge Page for Early Finishers
⇒Detailed Answer Keys
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