I probably should have been as intentional with each math unit, but whenever we hit our division unit there was some major vocabulary work. Division vocabulary words such as dividend, divisor, and quotient are thrown around when little ones are learning division, so a little extra help is always needed. We would work through each vocabulary word, and then begin each small group time with a quick and easy math vocabulary sort.
My son is now learning about division, and I wanted to make sure he is developing an understanding of these vocabulary words too. My son needed to focus on the vocabulary, so this is what I created to help him succeed.
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This is a guest post from Rachel at You’ve Got This.
Division Vocabulary Book
The division vocabulary book helps children become familiar with six vocabulary words. Here is what your kiddos will be learning about as they work through this book:
- Division is when you share or split something into equal groups.
- The dividend is the number that is being divided up.
- The divisor is the number you are dividing by or how many equal groups you will create.
- The quotient is the answer to a division problem. It is how many objects are in one of the equal groups.
- The remainder is the amount that is left over or can be put into groups because the groups will not be equal.
- Finally, the inverse operation basically states that multiplication reverses division.
The children will not just be reading about the definitions, they will be required to find pictures that illustrate that word.
For example, for each way a division problem may be written, there are cards that have arrows pointing to each part of the division problem.
If the students are looking for examples of a dividend they would find a card that has an arrow pointing to the numerator in a fraction, or the first number in a problem like 24 ÷ 8.
Division Book Prep – Work
Prep-work for this book can be incredibly simple. But if you want this activity to take up less of your math time, you may want to do some prep-work ahead of time.
Simple (This will take students time to complete):
- To begin, print off enough books for each student that will be putting it together
- Provide your students with scissors and glue
- Have students cut out the book, assemble them, and staple.
- Finally, have students cut out the illustrations
More Prep on your part:
- First, print off book
- Assemble book by cutting out the pages, putting them in order, and stapling them together.
- Next, allow students to cut out illustrations, or you could cut out illustrations for them.
- Provide glue for students
Put the Division Vocabulary Book Together
Now comes the fun part: figuring out which illustrations go on the pages! Some children may be able to figure this out quickly, and others may need a little more support. I constantly used the definition as my son searched for his illustrations.
“What number do you think is going to be divided up in this problem?”
“How many is in each group in this problem?”
“How many groups would I need to make to solve this problem?”
After each question, I would use the vocabulary word and confirm my son’s choice.
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Rachel is a homeschool mom to four little ones, ages 2 to 6. She is a former public elementary teacher, and has recently begun blogging at her page You’ve Got This. You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.
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