We have been working very hard on long division these past few weeks. My students have huge gaps in their number sense, so this has been somewhat of a struggle for some. We have been working very diligently getting them to understand the partial quotients method of division in a conceptual way. Read more about how I teach partial quotients by clicking here. We have been moving right along with that aspect of it. Now, they are struggling with little mistakes such as 36 – 40 = 16. In all honesty, I had about 8 students do that on their homework last week. So, I decided to mix things up some and do some seasonal error analysis tasks.
I created a fun little worksheet that is part of my Christmas Common Core Division Pack that has Elves “doing” division problems and making mistakes that I see my students make on a regular basis. They had a lot of fun trying to find the errors. The students who got the right answers were allowed to color in their elves in class and they were hung in the hall. Check out some of their work.
You can get this worksheet along with 12 other activities for practicing division this holiday season by clicking on the image below.