I love playing math games with my children. It is a wonderful way to practice math facts, and enjoy time together. And today I have a fun game to share with you. Get your kiddos working on memorizing their division facts with this low prep single digit division game.
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*This is a guest post from Rachel of You’ve Got This Math
Before the Division Game:
Yes, we want our children to be able to rattle off their division and multiplication facts quickly. When they hit long division knowing these facts, it will make everyone’s lives just a little bit easier.
With that knowledge, this single digit division game is meant to help with that memorization in a fun way.
But I would be remiss if I failed to mention the importance of teaching what division is. Giving our children an understanding of what division is and represents is just as essential as the memorization.
Understanding Division Vocabulary
A great place to start is with the vocabulary. There is a lot of vocabulary that is associated with division.
You have the dividend, the number that is being divided up. Then there is the divisor, the number doing the dividing. And you can’t forget the quotient…the answer.
Oh, and we could throw in the word remainder too.
Interactive books, like this division vocabulary booklet, are a great way for children to get familiar with the vocabulary and use pictures to represent it.
Hands On Division Practice
Not only do we want our children familiar with division vocabulary, but we want to provide them with hands-on experience.
One great way to do this is to allow children to sort real objects into groups.
For ideas on how to to do, see this post on teaching division with LEGO bricks.
And activities like this one are a great way to show multiplication and division relationships as well as make equal groups with objects.
Practicing Division Word Problems
We have all heard that annoying question…“When will I use this?”
Well, word problems are a great way to show children how division is used in real life…and when the word problems require students to solve by grouping, making an array, repeated subtraction, and a number line…it’s even better.
Don’t leave this part of your instruction out!
Single Digit Division Game Time:
Now that we have covered some of the ways children can explore division, it’s time to get down to memorizing division facts…and this game is perfect for this.
Division Board Game Set Up:
- First, print off the game board and game cards on card stock paper
- Next, cut out the game cards and laminate for extra durability.
- Finally, gather up some game pieces (such as from a board game or unifix cubes) and you are ready to go!!
How to Play the Single Digit Division Game:
This game is super easy to play.
- Player one draws a card, and does one of the following:
- If the card has an expression on it, the player solves it.
- If the card has a picture, the player moves to that picture on the game board.
- Once the expression is solved, player two checks the answer with a calculator. If the answer is correct, player one moves up the game until they land on a space that is the same color as the card they drew (for instance, if their problem card was yellow, they move forward to the nearest yellow square).
- But if player one answers wrong, then they do not get to move up.
- Now it is player two’s turn, and the same steps are made.
The first player to reach the last yellow space is the winner!
I hope your children enjoy this way of memorizing their division facts.
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.
If you’re looking for more ways to practice multiplication and division, check out the following resources:
- Long Division BUMP Games
- Division with Fraction Answers BINGO
- Missing Factor BINGO
- Tic Tac Math (set up with your own division problems)
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