We had a great time learning more about plants and animals at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. We are so blessed to have this wonderful place so close to us.
I introduced division by reading the story The Doorbell Rang. In the story, a mother makes her two children a dozen cookies. After the children divide the cookies, the doorbell rings. Cousins and neighbors continue to join them, and they divide the cookies by three, four, six and then twelve. Finally, they each have one cookie, but the doorbell rings again. Click here to watch the story. This is a fun story to dramatize with real cookies!
We learned that sometimes a group cannot be divided equally and that we may have some left over (a remainder). The children enjoyed the story A Remainder of One.
We used magnets, counters, and unifix cubes to divide sets into equal smaller groups. Division is repeated subtraction.