Demonstrate for students using this sheet on an Elmo or other classroom projection system the four ways to divide multi-digit numbers. Use the same division problem for all four methods.
Enlarge this sheet at a local printing company or local education agency to use as a poster or anchor chart. For additional benefit, laminate the enlarged version to work multiple problems for students using a dry erase marker. Then, this enlarged sheet can be used as a math center for students to work their own division problems.
Invite students to color this sheet and cut it out to glue in an interactive notebook. The sheet may have to be reduced on a copy machine depending on the dimensions of the interactive notebooks.
Search for online videos to demonstrate each method.
Print a class set of these sheets on cardstock paper and then laminate them. Students can work a variety of problems this way. If records are needed of this student work, photograph the sheets for easy printing. Additionally, students can keep this laminated sheet to check their answers on other multi-digit problems assigned in class. This is especially helpful if students are asked to demonstrate a division problem one way but prefer to use another method. Students can demonstrate the problem as asked and then check their work using one of these laminated sheets.
Print these sheets on duplicate or triplicate paper so students can take a copy home to share with their parents or to use for additional study and homework help.
Invite students to take their notes on these sheets in color to help with recall.
Encourage students to use the method that makes the most sense to them when completing work.
Use this sheet as an assessment. On your classroom board, write a multi-digit division problem and ask the students to solve the problem all four ways on this sheet as their assessment.
To accommodate special needs, ask students to demonstrate one, two, or three ways to solve the assigned division problem. As students gain experience confidence, more ways can be added to their expectations.
Demonstrate each multi-digit division method in a designated color.
Demonstrate each step of each method in a designated color.
Be sure to teach students how to check their multi-digit division problems on a calculator as well.
Many students may appreciate seeing and hearing division as “repeated subtraction” just as multiplication is referred to as “repeated addition.”