We continued our division studies by reading and sharing the following book:
If you aren’t familiar with it, it is a cute tale that follows an insect “army” as they try to parade before the queen. They have 25 soldiers, and no matter how many rows they make, poor Joe always ends up a remainder which displeased her royal highness! Fortunately–the book DOES have a happy ending!
I read it aloud to my students and then asked them to write in their notebooks about what “math” they found in the book. This was a little tricky for them–they are getting better at explaining their OWN math, but it was hard for them to explain what they heard in the text.
|Here we put them in 3 groups and set aside our leftovers…|
|We practiced writing our answers as number sentences with remainders…|
When they finished, I had them reach into a bucket and grab a handful of counters and roll a die to pick the number of groups. Some students didn’t get this far . . . but that’s ok!