The first item I concentrate on when I begin my division unit is the vocabulary. There are 4 words my students need to be familiar with: Divisor, Dividend, Quotient, and Remainder. One of the favorite activities of my students is the vocabulary flashcard division activity. The students each receive a vocabulary card packet containing the 4 key words. (I place these in a library card pocket for each student.) I hold up larger cards with division problems on them. I have the part of the problem I want them to concentrate on highlighted in red. I give my students time to find the card that he/she thinks goes with the highlighted part of the division problem. On the count of three the students then hold up the card that matches my flashcard. It is a fun way to practice the vocabulary.
Division Vocabulary Flashcard Activity
|The teacher flashcards.|
|The student vocabulary cards.|
My students also play a short memory game with the division vocabulary words. It only take a few minutes and the students usually have enough time to complete the game a couple of times during a ten minute period.
The 8 cards are mixed up and placed in either a 2 x 4 or
4 x 2 array. Students take turns attempting to match each vocabulary word with the correct definition.