Activity:

Make Your Own Magnetic Division

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What You Need:

  • Roll of blank magnetic strips (with a white surface on one side)
  • Magic markers
  • Pencil
  • Lined paper
  • Scissors
  • Large baking sheet (or use side of refrigerator)

What You Do:

  1. Have your child grab the pencil and a sheet of lined paper and review his multiplication facts by completing the following problems:
    1. 3 x 2=____
    2. 4 x 5 = ____
    3. 6 x 7= ____
    4. 8 x 9 = ____
    5. 9 x 9 = ____
    6. 7 x 4=____
    7. 8 x 3 = ____
    8. 5 x 8 = ____
    9. 9 x 5 = ____
    10. 10 x 10 = ____
  2. 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.
  3. When he’s ready, create the number tiles by writing the following numbers and symbols on the magnetic roll:
    • 2 sets of  numbers 0-9
    • 1 division sign
    • 1 set of numbers 10-100
    • 1 decimal point
  4. Snip the numbers into individual tiles with the scissors.
  5. Use the baking sheet and magnetic numbers to complete the following division problems:
    1. 250 / 2
    2. 1075 / 50
    3. 6728 / 46
    4. 9258 / 71
    5. 3478 / 62
    6. 8120 / 89
    7. 9671 / 34
    8. 754 / 12
  6. 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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