Long Division….let’s start with the math basics. Ironically, I struggled in math as an elementary school student. It wasn’t until I was a teacher that I actually understood some simple math mantras.

### Count on Tricia’s Math Mantras

__Math Made Easy – Tip One__

Numbers __follow a pattern__.

__Math Made Easy – Tip Two__

Multiplication is putting __equal groups together__.

__Math Made Easy – Tip Three__

Division is __splitting apart equal groups__.

__Math Made Easy – Tip Four__

Break numbers apart into smaller numbers and __think friendly numbers__. For example think MULTIPLES of 10 or 100.

__Math Made Easy – Tip Five__

Make a __Ballpark Estimate__ before solving a math problem.

__Math Made Easy – Tip Six__

There are MANY ways to solve a math problem. It is my job as a teacher to show students several different ways to solve a problem, but in the end, the students use which way works best for them because everyone thinks differently.

Long Division PARTIAL QUOTIENT STRATEGY

Believe it or not, many of my 4th grade students preferred using this division strategy.

This strategy is all about breaking numbers into smaller numbers and thinking friendly numbers (tip 4)

Here is an example using the number 520. This is just one way to break 520 into smaller friendlier numbers.

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Long Division TRADITIONAL STRATEGY

I think the key to using this traditional Mom and Pop Strategy is to present it in a methodical and organized way.

1. Before beginning a problem, I have students generate the first 9 multiples of the divisor. When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what multiples were close to the dividend. Generating a list before hand and referencing it throughout the problem will move things quicker.

2. Draw lines between the place values of the dividend. This will help students see each place value and line up the numbers in the quotient correctly.

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Long division doesn’t have to be hard for beginners if numbers are broken into smaller numbers (partial quotients) or using the MOM and POP way in an organized planned way.

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