My second grader has been learning more about multiplication and division. I wanted to give him a hands-on division activity to explore. I was teaching him that multiplication and division are opposites. They are both focused on how we group numbers together.
As a former teacher, it is exciting when I get to use activities I once created for my students at home with my own children.
To help my son get comfortable with multiplication and division, I created this hands-on division activity so he can visualize and manipulate the mathematical processes.
A Remainder of One is a fantastic story that emphasizes these two concepts. I am excited to share it with you on Rainy Day Mum’s Storybook Summer Series this year!
I love finding children’s books that teach big concepts. We parents can support our children at home with great summer activities and after school lessons.
A Remainder of One: Hands-On Division Activity
A Remainder of One storybook
Yarn, cut into 12 6-inch pieces
Hands-On Division at Storybook Summer
Once you gather your book and supplies, working through this hands-on division activity is as easy as reading the book. How we worked through the hands-on division activity is shared over at Storybook Summer. Click over to Rainy Day Mum for the rest of this hand-on division activity.
Each page presents an opportunity for the army of ants to be grouped together. They divide into certain numbers each time. Children get a visual of how division works and a purpose for it.
To extend the hands-on activity, these division flashcards are a handy learning tool. There are ideas for using counting cubes to show the division processes too. That helps visual learners retain the information.
Check out the entire Storybook Summer series for 2016. Each week a different theme is covered. You can get book-based learning activities to try each week at home with your child.
Last year, I shared this Dinosaur Tracks Learning Activity during Storybook Summer. There are so many fun activities for learning and reading together with your child. Enjoy your time together!
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