This week we have been improving our division skills.
Specifically, our learning focus has been: To apply appropriate strategies to solve division equations mentally.
In order to improve our mental division strategies, we completed a variety of lessons practising several helpful strategies.
Some of these strategies are:
- Skip counting
- Counting on from a known fact
- Using inverse operations (this is the relationship between multiplication and division).
We discussed that all division problems can be solved using your knowledge of multiplication. This is a very helpful method to solve division problems!
Of course, sometimes the number you start with (the dividend) isn’t evenly divisible by the number of groups (divisor). In this case, you have remainders. During the week, students used their times tables and skip counting skills to solve a variety of remainder problems.
During the week, students could challenge themselves by using larger dividends and divisors to extend their knowledge.
The slideshow below has images of dominoes. Try to say or write the multiplication and division fact family using the number of dots on each domino to create inverse operations.
Division can be a tricky process but it has been excellent to see the 3/4C students show a lot of persistence and determination to succeed with this mathematical concept.
It is important to keep practising multiplication and division facts as we use them regularly in everyday life!