I once joked to another teacher that I'd be happy sitting around making math cheat sheets all day. It was June, the building was probably 150 degrees and we were in the middle of a rational functions unit, which, ironically, is related to long division.

Later when I thought about it, I realized that maybe I wasn't totally joking. It's not so much making the sheets themselves (though formatting is strangely addictive), it's making something that a kid can use to help lower stress and build math confidence. No cheat sheet ever takes the place of a teacher, but sometimes every little bit helps when a kid is frustrated and on the verge of giving up.

A teacher had recently asked if I could make a long division cheat sheet for one of her students who was having a tough time with the algorithm.

I love making references and activities for younger kids. I was a high school math teacher for so long that making math resources for younger students can feel a bit intimidating. The last thing I ever want to do is cause misconceptions.

Multiplying & dividing multi-digit numbers digital escape room |

But I also feel pretty darned honored when trusted to make activities and references for younger students. This happened again when another really nice teacher reached out to ask if I'd make a digital math escape room for her 4th graders. Above is puzzle #4 of a multiplying and dividing multi-digit numbers digital math escape room where students multiply and divide then enter the 4-digit code to unlock the puzzle.

Getting back to the long division cheat sheet, I had already made a reference for long division with decimals as part of a 5th grade math word wall, but the teacher who had reached out needed a non-decimal reference to support her student. Her student was having trouble with the standard long division algorithm before decimals even entered the picture.

He was putting up a wall, so I made this reference sheet for him. If you have students who are also struggling with long division, I hope they find this reference sheet helpful. You can find if free here: long division cheat sheet.

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A while ago, I had made this long division math pennant for students to practice long division. Some answers have decimal answers and others don't. This way, you can differentiate for everyone. There are also blank pennants included to customize the activity even further.

Hi, when I print the long division sheet small or big I can't read the writing. Is there a better way to print it? Thank you for your awesome resources!

ReplyDeleteDid you grab the pdf from the link to my dropbox? I am also happy to send. My email is shana@scaffoldedmath.com

DeleteThank you so much for your resources. I see the kiddos struggling and this allows me to teach the standard and fix the cracks in the "academic foundation". Thank you so much!

ReplyDeleteI’m so happy to hear this! Helping to patch those cracks is exactly my hope. I also hope that you are having a wonderful year! Thank you so much for your kind words:)

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