Center Focus

Early Division

  1. Have a list division word problems for your students to figure out using manipulatives. Example problem:

    Kimmy is inviting two friends over after school. Her mom helped her bake 15 cookies. How many will each of them get?

  2. Provide bowls, cups, or some other kind of container as well as counters for this center.
  3. Students read the problems and figure out the answers using the manipulatives. For example, for the problem above students would count out 15 counters and divide them amongst 3 containers to find the answer.
  4. Students should draw a representation of how they figured out the problem. They should also write the math function the represents the problem -- for the above problem.

    15 / 3 = 5