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MAGNETIC DIVISION

The mere mention of long division may make your kid cringe.

by Quirky Momma

But there’s no getting away from it: It’s an important fourth grade math skill, and one he needs to know well.

The key to conquering long division is lots of repetition and practice, but that doesn’t have to mean all worksheets and scratch paper. Make this hands-on game, and explore the fun side of division.

MAGNETIC DIVISION

What You Need:

• Roll of magnetic tape
• Blank index cards
• Magic markers
• Pencil
• Lined paper
• Scissors
• Large baking sheet (or use the side of refrigerator)

Have your child grab the pencil and a sheet of lined paper and review his multiplication facts by completing the following problems:

• 3 x 2=____
• 4 x 5 = ____
• 6 x 7= ____
• 8 x 9 = ____
• 9 x 9 = ____
• 7 x 4=____
• 8 x 3 = ____
• 5 x 8 = ____
• 9 x 5 = ____
• 10 x 10 = ____

When he’s done, check his answers. If he’s a little shaky on certain multiplication facts, it doesn’t hurt to try a few more problems.

When he’s ready, create the number tiles by writing the following numbers and symbols on the index cards.

• 2 sets of numbers 0-9
• 1 division sign
• 1 equal sign
• 1 set of numbers 10-100
• 1 decimal point

Cut out the tiles and attach the magnetic roll to the back of them.

Use the baking sheet and magnetic numbers to complete the following division problems:

• 250 / 2
• 1075 / 50
• 6728 / 46
• 9258 / 71
• 3478 / 62
• 8120 / 89
• 9671 / 34
• 754 / 12

Remind him to use the decimal point when needed. When he’s done, help him check his answers. As he gets more confident, encourage him to try problems with larger numbers.

Need to practice addition, subtraction, or multiplication instead? No problem: just make plus sign, minus sign, and multiplication signs, too.

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