# 3 Ways to Use Division Word Problems in Your Classroom

Teaching division in 3rd grade can be challenging. It’s a concept that 3rd graders may really struggle with. However, there are 3 Ways to Use Division Word Problems in Your Classroom that will make a difference in how your students learn and practice them!

## 1. Whole Group Instruction

Model. Model. Model.

Word problems are hard. Modeling for our students how to solve word problems is key to their ability to solve them independently.

I teach word problem solving by using the acronym R.U.P.S.E.

• U – Underline – underline keywords and the question that is being asked
• P – Plan – decide what mathematical operation is needed to solve it
• S – Solve – solve it by showing all of your work
• E – Explain – explain how you solved it

If students can learn to do these steps – word problem solving becomes much easier!

Projecting the task cards on your whiteboard makes it really easy to walk through these steps for your students.

## 2. Math Centers

Many teachers are using both print and digital activities in math centers, and these Division Word Problems can be used both ways – which makes them so versatile!

Students can work on them in pairs or small groups using the printable task cards.

The digital version of Division Word Problems Print & Digital is perfect for pairs or students to work independently – plus there is NO PREP for you!

## 3. Formative Assessments

After you have modeled problem solving with the task cards in your whole group lesson and after your students have practiced in math centers – you can use them to formatively assess mastery.

Plus – if you use the R.U.P.S.E. method and students show their work and explain their thinking – you can determine who needs more instruction and where they have misconceptions.

You can find more strategies for teaching division in this post – Teaching Division in 3rd Grade – Small Group Instruction.

### Looking for more division activities?

Don’t have time right now? Pin this Division Word Problems post to your Math Pinterest Board!

The post 3 Ways to Use Division Word Problems in Your Classroom appeared first on Teaching in the Heart of Florida.