Math Box

Division Patterns
January 11-22


Go to school web site:
Click on the CLASSROOMS button
Click on 4th Grade
Click on Math links
Click on Basic Facts

From the Basic Facts button go to the following activity:

1.  Math Magician (choose division to practice basic math facts)

2.  From the Foothills web page, go to Math Links, click on Woodlands Math Zone.
Choose the division icon in the Number Skills section.
Choose any of the games listed on the is page (I especially like World Cup Match).


3.  Dividing String:  Help your child measure a 34 inch piece of string.  Ask your child how many 3 inch pieces of string can be cut from the 34 inch piece.  To find out, have your child cut the string into 3 inch pieces.  Ask your child how many inches of string are left over.  Ask your child to do the division again, but this time with numbers.

4.  Payments:  Explain to your child that people sometimes buy expensive items by paying for them a little bit at a time for a period of months or years (i.e. a house or car).  Show your child how this works on a smaller scale by labeling a book or toy with the price $9.85.  Ask your child how much money he/she needs to pay each day for five days in order to pay the entire price.  Your child should divide $9.85 by 5.

5.  Average Age:  Ask your child to first add together all the ages of family members in the home.  Then have him/her divide the total number of years by the number of family members.  Ask your child which family members are older or younger than the average family age.

6.  Average Mail:  Ask your child to keep track of the number of pieces of mail that arrives every day for six days.  Then have him/her find the average daily number of mail items by adding up all the daily amounts and dividing the total by 6.  Challenge:  estimate what the average amount of mail received could be for a month using the information you gathered for a week.


7.  Dividing by Tens:  Help your child find two want-ads that list the monthly pay rates for jobs (for example, earn $1625 per month).  Ask your child to calculate how much a person would earn each day at one of the jobs.  To do this, the child can divide the monthly amount by 20 work days.  Have the child compare this amount to the daily rate a person can earn from the other job that is advertised with a monthly pay rate.

8.  Monthly Payments:  Find a car advertisement for a car priced under $10,000.  Ask your child how much your monthly payments would be if you decided to pay for the car each month for a year.  To do this, the child can divide the total advertised price of the car by 12.  Then ask the child to compare this monthly amount to monthly payments spread over a two-year period.

9.  Food Packages:  Find a food package that contains between 2 and 8 items, such as fruit snack pouches or rolls.  Have the child estimate the price of each item in the package.  For example, if 8 rolls cast $1.60 than each roll is $.20.

10.  One Digit Quotients:  Write down each of the following division problems on a piece of paper or index cards.

60 divided by 20                        75 divided by 25                        135 divided by 27

96 divided by 16                        531 divided by 59                        62 divided by 31

84 divided by 42                        155 divided by 31                        693 divided by 77

512 divided by 64

Tell your child that he/she will have ten minutes to work on the division exercises.  Each correct quotient (the answer to a division problem) will be worth as many points as the number in the quotient.  For instance, if a quotient is 2, the child will get 2 points for that exercise.  The child can look over the problems and decide to do several easy ones with lower quotients (and therefore fewer points) or the harder ones that will give more points.  After ten minutes, have your child add the correct quotients to get the score.  Let the child try to improve his/her score on another day.


11.  Remainders Game:  Play with a partner and make a score board like the one below.

Round 1                        Round 2                        Round 3 etc.
Your Name

Partner Name

Divide up the cowboy cards evenly between the two players.  Roll the die to get a divisor.  Each player arranges three cards from his/her pile to create a 3-digit number.  Find the quotient and remainder and write the REMAINDER as the player’s score.  Put the used cards at the bottom of the stack and choose 3 new cards and then roll the die again for a new divisor.  Continue playing until a player has 20 points.


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