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Teaching Long Division? Your kids will be speeding along with division in no time with this fun Mnemonic, Drive My Super Cool Buggy. This organizer will help teach your kids the steps to long division while letting them express their personality through art at the same time!
•I have the students cut out and glue their "Buggy" organizers into their journals.
•Depending on time, I have them decorate only their organizers in class. I print the other copies of the “Buggies” for kids to do at home as extra credit or fun homework. These I use for the bulletin board. (I usually don’t have time to allow them to decorate their “buggies” twice. But if you do, go for it!)
•On the organizer, have students cut along the dotted lines until they reach the solid line. This will create five flaps.
•On the top, we write the steps of long division. Under the word Drive, write- Divide, Under My- Multiply, Under Super- Subtract, Under Cool- Compare, Under Buggy- Bring Down.
•Under each flap, we write what we are doing. I wrote this out for you on page 5.
•I always create a color coded anchor chart with my class as we do this. Each step gets its own color. I have the students copy it down this way as well. When they practice, they color code it.Then when I get the inevitable “I don’t get it”. I can say, “Which step?” They can look at the color in their hand. Color coding also helps signal to their brains that they are starting something different.Also, it makes it easier to identify where students are making errors.
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