Saturday, December 13, 2008

Division: visual respresentations online

Teachers, what do you do when you are teaching division and your students just don’t get it? Just like we learned in college, you go back to manipulatives. Once children understand concrete examples, they can start moving to abstract problems. Until they get to that point, any visual examples you can provide the child will help. For example, the online E-Lab through Harcourt School Publishers is a wonderful opportunity for children to “see” division problems. The first site illustrates division with two digit divisors. (See picture below.)

The second site by E-Lab allows children to practice division with remainders depending in the problem you type in. (See picture below.) Very few sites give children a visual representation of how division works, so these sites are valuable resources to teachers. Happy dividing!

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