Pennies on a Plate
11252007, 02:12 PM


I introduce 23 fact families per week. I repeat the same process for introducing the different math facts so the students become very familiar with the process of multiplication and division.
I make kits for every 2 students in my class. The kit consists of 10  6” paper plates and 100 pennies stored in a quart plastic baggie. (Although, you can use anything that is small such as sunflower seeds, beans, etc.)
1. I give the students a problem.
2. The students take out the number of pennies to represent the dividend and take the number of plates to represent the divisor.
3. I then have them equally divide the pennies out on the plates.
4. Any pennies left over would then be the remainder (I do not begin with problems with remainders).
5. I then have them record the facts in written form.
6. After the students have explored with this activity they begin to really understand the process.
It takes 56 weeks to introduce all of the fact families. I focus on the same facts for the week. Although, at the end of the week I have also taught them how to multiply a two digit number by a one digit number, how to solve long division problems, how to convert a whole number into an improper fraction, convert an improper fraction to a whole number, along with the basic multiplication and division facts.
I hope you understand my explanation.
