I’m wrapping up my 5-day Thanksgiving Break by attending a Christmas tree decorating party at my BFF’s house this afternoon. While I don’t get crazy with Black Friday shopping, I did manage to visit quite a few stores in the downtown district of my town on Small Business Saturday. I found the MOST charming little chocolate shop complete with hand-dipped chocolates, candies, and treats of all kinds. Anyone else shocked at how quickly 2017 is coming to a close?
Response to Intervention
My 4th graders are finishing several weeks of long division instruction this week. It’s a challenging process to learn so it’s no wonder that I still have some students struggling to keep up with it all. The long division common formative assessment (CFA) used in my grade-level has only 3 questions, but they are appropriately challenging. In order for my students to be successful, I designed some long division resources for use in a response to intervention approach that aligns with our CFA. Here’s an image of my 3-day lesson plans for when I do RtI for long division. You could easily modify it for more days, or just use one day by focusing on a single strategy.
Models and Equations
The first question shows students a representative model of a division equation with base-ten rods and cubes. Students have to write the corresponding equation to match the model. Seems pretty simple, right? Not! Most of them can figure out that they have to include a number to show how many “circles” are shown, but it all gets very confusing after that number is written. I designed a strategy to help students remember how to write an equation based on a model called Count and Write. We also get out actual base-ten manipulatives and create the models. For some tactile learners, this really helps to solidify the concept of whole-to-groups.
Once students understand the steps involved in the process, we have an extended time for practice with some printables (seen below) and task cards.
Other strategies that I teach my students focus on how to interpret the remainder in a division word problem and how to check your division with multiplication.
Probably the thing I like most about these resources are the exit questions that come at the end of every day’s lesson. Once students have had several practice problems using each day’s strategy, the very last problem is used as a quick assessment. Since it’s only one problem, I can quickly score these and re-group my students based on who still needs more practice. The exit question is cut off from the bottom of the page and gives me real-time information on who “got it” and who needs more help.
I’ve included the lesson plan template, printables with exit questions, and a small set of task cards in the freebie below. Simply click on the link to download. Happy teaching!