Friday, November 25, 2011

Get Happy with Division

Oh, the joy of teaching division! My 4th graders always struggle when learning this concept. I've learned a few tricks over the years that have made the journey a little smoother. I wrote a song to the tune of YMCA. The students really enjoy dancing and singing along to this catchy tune. You can download just the instrumental version of the song from several internet sources for free or cheap. I've made up some movements to accompany the song. We sing it throughout our division unit. To help the steps stick I let the students play Division Relay. I make two teams of students, and each team must race to finish the division problem. A student may only do one step in the division process, and then must pass off the marker to the next student.  In addition to this, I also give the students a step by step reference sheet to keep in their folder. Learning and making division fun is Classroom Magic!

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 Click HERE to get it in Google Docs.

 Teaching Tip of the Week
If you aren't familiar with the website Pete's Power Point Station, you need to be. It's a great website to get free Power Point presentations. Click HERE for some great division Power Points and other resources.

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What Could Be Hotter Than Fire and Sunshine?

I'm so excited to have received the Sunshine and  Blog on Fire Awards. Sally from Elementary Matters presented me with the Blog on Fire Award, and Mandy from Cooperative Learning 365 presented with the Sunshine Award. It is such an compliment to have these two amazing bloggers deem me worthy of these awards. I'm truly thankful for this honor.

Here are the rules for accepting this award:
1. Thank the person who gave this award and write a post about it.
2. Answer the following questions below.
3. And pass the award to fabulous bloggers, link their blogs and let them know you awarded it to them.

Here are my answers:

  • Favorite color? Green 
  • Favorite animal? Monkey
  • Favorite number? 2
  • Favorite drink? Coke Zero
  • Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
  • Your passion?  Being a mom and wife, teaching, blogging, and making lesson plans
  • Giving or getting presents? Giving
  • Favorite day? I have two days my sweet girls were born.
These bloggers are awarded the Sunshine Award:

Fabulous 4th Grade Froggies
4th Grade Wonders
4th Grade Frolics
Fourth Grade Fanatic 

These bloggers are awarded the Blog on Fire Award:
Go Fourth! With Mrs. Owens
The Creative Apple
Ladybug's Teacher Files
4 the Love of Teaching

Oh' Boy 4th Grade