This long division lesson was originally paired with the chapter book study, Funny Frank by Dick King-Smith. It can be also used in isolation. Just copy the story book front & back for each student, then fold.
Given the activating question of how many eggs can a hen lay within a year, students use this number to divide between 2, and then 3 people. Of course, students can use their knowledge of digit values, base ten manipulates, or algorithm to help them solve the problem.
Have students follow along in their booklet as the teacher reads page 1 aloud. Students are to estimate how many eggs a hen lays each year & write that number on the space provided in the egg. Reveal the actual number (264) & identify who is the closest. Students are to write the actual approximation inside the egg on Pg. 2.
(Pg. 3) Again, have the student write 264 inside the "egg".
(Pg. 4) Instruct students to write the divisor and dividend correctly & allow 5-10 minutes to solve on their own. For students that are able to solve & defend their answer with a strategy, request that they share with the class. Discuss additional strategies if necessary. Return to page 3 to record how many eggs the two of you would get.
Repeat with a divisor of 3 on pages 5-6, & have students share strategies.
This booklet also contains a "Did you know..." portion, providing additional high-interet reading. GREAT math-reading-science integration!!