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Students are always ready to play, aren’t they? Why not use that passion to your advantage? This is especially useful when dealing with curriculum topics that students may find difficult, such as math, and in this case: division. Here are some division games that will have your students playing and learning!
Tape division equations on jenga blocks and have students solve each equation before they’re allowed to use the block. You could make it even more beneficial by telling students they have to state the answers to all equations the block would be touching as well. The same applies for when they remove a block. Here are some ways to use this game:
– use it during math centers (it makes for great partner work).
– use it as a rainy day activity, during indoor recess.
Pick, Flip, Check:
In this game, students use clothes pins to clip the equations that have the answer displayed on the card (in this case 6). Here are some ways to use this activity:
– occupy early finishers
– have students play this as a speed round type of game, wherein the first student to clip all their cards correctly, wins!
If you want your students to play a more quiet game, division squares will work perfectly. Each row and column is a division problem that students need to solve in order to fill their entire square with numbers. Here are some ways to use this game:
– it could be used as a morning exercise.
– it could be used as a way to get students to mark each other’s work.
Find a Line:
Tap into your students’ competitive sides with this game. Students take turns shading in squares, and the objective is to create a line that is a division fact. The first student to shade 3 lines correctly, wins. This is a TPT package, which also contains other worksheets. This would be great for math centers.
Division Card Games:
Here are two different card games. In the first one, you use a regular deck of cards. Students play, as they would play “go fish”. But instead of finding doubles, they must find numbers that are divisible by the number of the card they hold. To make it a bit easier, you can tell students that aces/kings/queens/jacks are wild cards and can be made in to any number they choose.
The second game is meant to go with division cards that you create or print. Students pick a card and when they solve it correctly, they can move up a square towards the finish line. If they are unable to solve it they stay put.
Both of these games make for great group work activities.
Division games for purchase:
More activity ideas:
Don’t forget to have colorful anchor charts:
And as always, you’ll need books:
Divide with joy, my friends.