Long Division Cheat Sheet

This long division reference sheet can help students with the steps of the long division algorithm. The free printable pdf can be enlarged into an anchor chart or slipped into a student math notebook.

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.

This FREE long division reference sheet can help students with the steps of the long division algorithm. The pdf can be enlarged into a poster or slipped into a student math notebook.

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 teacher for so long that the little ones can be a little intimidating, but I also feel pretty darn honored when trusted to make things for elementary students. 

5th grade math word wall

I had made a reference for long division with decimals as part of my 5th grade math word wall, but this teacher needed a reference to get her student up and going on the basic algorithm before decimals even entered the equation.

long division reference sheet printable

He was putting up a wall, so I made this reference sheet for him and other students who may be in a similar position. I hope it is helpful. 

You can find the long division cheat sheet free here: Long Division Cheat Sheet

Long division anchor chart

I recently added enlarged long division anchor charts to the download so that you can print the sheets for students and/or display the algorithm large in your classroom.

long division math pennant activity

I recently made this long division math pennant for students to practice long division. Some pennant answers have decimal answers, others don't as a way to differentiate for everyone. There are also blank pennants included to customize the activity even further.

If you are looking for additional student supports, my 6th Grade Math Word Wall covers GCF, LCM, nets, box plot, dot plot, stem and leaf plot, frequency table, histogram, bar graph, mean, median, mode, range, mean absolute deviation, interquartile range, opposite, absolute value, graphing coordinates in 4 quadrants, ratio, proportion, unit price, speed, distributive, commutative, associative, identity, inverse properties, like terms, multiplying and dividing fractions with visual models, converting fractions to decimals, converting percents to decimals, triangle area, parallelogram area and trapezoid area (whew!).

The free long division cheat sheet can be downloaded here.

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  1. 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!

    1. Did you grab the pdf from the link to my dropbox? I am also happy to send. My email is

  2. Thank 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!

    1. I’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:)