Wednesday, January 11, 2012

What I'm Teaching Wednesday

Teaching division to 2nd graders is no easy task!  I think in most programs this concept is introduced in 3rd grade.  But that's neither here nor there.  I knew this would have to be a hands on lesson or I wouldn't stand  a chance to get through to my students.  So here's how we dove into division today!

I made this anchor chart to teach the concept:

I love using food to teach math.  Luckily, I don't have any allergy issues in my room this year so I can have at it!!
I gave each student 10 popcorn papers and a baggie of popcorn seeds.
We practiced dividing the seeds between the allotted number of popcorn papers.

Then, the students wrote the division problems 3 ways on their whiteboard.

Then, the fun part! We popped popcorn!  My favorite part was seeing their faces as they watched it pop.  I think many of them have never seen anything BUT microwave popcorn!

Lastly, we divided popped popcorn and practiced writing more division sentences!

It was a great lesson and the kids got it!!! Everyone understood the concept by the end of our popcorn division!  It doesn't get any better than that!

Blessings to you,


  1. Great job, Kris! I hope their parents appreciate what an awesome teacher you are!!!

  2. What an awesome way to teach this skill! Our kiddos don't learn how to divide until 3rd grade! I am going to share this with them (the 3rd grade teachers)! They are going to adore this! Your kiddos are blessed to have such a creative teacher!

    I am your newest follower and love your blog! You are so creative! I would love for you to visit me if you get the chance! =)

    bloggy blessings to you,

    Heather's Heart

  3. Great intro lesson! And you're right...I think a lot of kids only see microwave popcorn. I would have loved to have been there and saw their faces. Just came across your blog, enjoying your great hands-on ideas. I'll, for sure, be implementing a few of them in our homeschooling adventure this fall!