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Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

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Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Teaching students how to divide integers does not have to be dull. This lesson offers some games your students can play as they practice and gain facility with division of integers.

As a math teacher, it is important for you to access many different learning styles and give your students a chance to learn in a variety of ways. Another aspect of your job is making sure your students remain engaged and motivated as they take on increasingly complicated mathematical tasks.

When students move toward learning the operation of division, it is often a big cognitive leap. That means you may have to work extra hard to maintain their engagement as well as their understanding. One way to help make sure your students stay focused and excited about math is to incorporate games into your instruction.

Math games are fun and often collaborative, giving students a chance to solidify and practice important mathematical skills. The games in this lesson will help your students cement their expertise at dividing integers.

Each game is followed by a brief explanation and some ideas about which children will benefit the most from playing.

This is a game that students can play with partners. They can play it repeatedly to gain practice with division of integers. The students who like this game most are those who like to be active, using their hands while they are learning math.

Give each pair a deck of cards, which they will position face-down between them. Assign numerical values to the face cards or remove them from the deck. One player goes first. She picks up a card and holds it to her forehead without looking at it, then flips a second card to be face up. Her partner quickly tells her the product of the two cards. She must then do mental division to determine which card she is holding.

For example, she might flip up a 3 and hold a 6 to her head. The partner will say '18' and the student will have to divide 18 by 3 to figure out that she is holding a 6. If she determines the quotient correctly, she can keep the cards. Students will take turns, and the player with the most cards at the end is the winner.

You can use this game to help your students solidify their understanding of divisibility rules, factors, and remainders. This is a game that can be played with the whole class or with a small group of students.

Give each player a number to work with, such as 2, 3, or 8, depending on their level with division. Explain that they will be dividing every integer you tell them by the divisor they are in charge of, then observing patterns.

One at a time, project or write integers on your board. For instance, you might project '15.' Your students are in charge of figuring out how many times their divisor goes into the number you have projected. They should keep track in their notebooks, making note of which numbers they can and cannot divide evenly into and what the remainders usually are.

After you go through about ten integers, ask your students to summarize what they learned about their number from playing with it.

Understanding the concept of division means understanding how it can be used in story problems as well as just number drills. For this game, students should work in teams. This is a good game for students who like stories or those who are solidifying their conceptual understanding of division.

Post a division number sentence for your students. Then, ask them to work with their team to write a story that makes sense and accurately corresponds to the number sentence you have posted. The first team to accurately complete a story that makes sense wins a point for the round. Keep going until one team has ten points or you are out of time!

Finally, this is a partner game that will help students gain facility with the concept of division fact families.

Give each partnership a pair of dice to play with. The first partner will roll the dice and must write two multiplication sentences and two division sentences using the integers shown. For instance, if he rolls 5 and 4, he could write 5x4 is 20, 4x5 is 20, 20 divided by 5 is 4, and 20 divided by 4 is 5.

Then, the other partner takes a turn. Each partner should read the other's sentences and verify their accuracy.

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