Build your students' fluency with division of two-digit numbers by one-digit divisors and their understanding of resulting remainders with this simple game that allows for differentiation in your math class. Perfect for reviewing factors, multiples, and divisibility as well!
• teacher directions and student directions
• "Thinking Questions" for guiding student discussion
• two journal-sized graphic reference sheet (color and grayscale)
• eight spinners
• five recording sheets
This games requires minimal prep – just provide game pawns and a paper clip or plastic spinner. Students spin to find a two-digit dividend and roll the to find a one-digit divisor. They divide the dividend by the divisor and then move the game pawn based on any remainder that results.
The game comes with one gameboard and eight different spinners, each with successively larger numbers for dividends. Assign the spinners to the students based on their proficiency with division.
As students play, they gain an understanding of what dividends and divisors result in remainders and which do not, as well as what pairs of numbers result in larger and smaller remainders. A set of "Thinking Questions" are included in the teacher directions to help guide pre- and post-game discussions. You could also easily turn some of these questions into writing prompts, having your students respond to one of the questions in their journals – great practice with communicating mathematically!
The printables consist of two journal-sized reference sheets and five recording sheets for use during the game. The first reference sheet reviews the terms “dividend”, “divisor”, and “quotient” and gives examples of division equations with and without remainders. You can use this first reference sheet as an introduction to the game, having students glue it in their journals and use as a reference while they play. The second reference sheet reviews the terms “factor”, “multiple”, and “divisible”, perfect for extending students' understanding of number relationships and addressing Common Core Math Standard 4.OA.4.
There are five different recording sheets you can have students use to show their understanding of the mathematics behind the game. Two of the sheets use different notations for division. As students play, they record the number spun (labeled on the recording sheet as “dividend”) and the number rolled (labeled as “divisor”), and then figure out and record the quotient. The other three recording sheets are designed to reinforce the concepts of factors, multiples, and divisibility.
This versatile game will help your students build the foundational skills necessary for standards within the domain of Operations and Algebraic Thinking in the Grades 4 and 5 Common Core State Standards for Math.
I hope your kids enjoy the game! – Dennis McDonald