This post is going to be quick, but still has a nice little tip in it. My students HAVE to have hands-on manipulatives in math. It helps them so much and fully engages them into the concept they are working on. To introduce division, I went full hands-on using colored tiles, slates, markers/erasers.
During this short activity pulling a large # of tiles into smaller groups created that “OHH I GET IT” moment for a lot of my students that have such a hard time with basic division. It might not look like much, but it helped them get over the “I can’t do this” hurdle.
If you have any students that struggle, try this out… I have them count the whole number to start off with, and then I tell them to divide the number into so many groups, such as 12 divided by 3 shown below….
Hope you can use this somehow!