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Fun Division Riddles for Practicing Division Skills

Division is hard for kids…PERIOD! But it doesn’t have to be using division riddles. For my kids, division feels like a confusing jumble of numbers because they don’t have their facts memorized. 

No matter how much you try to make your kids practice division, until they have a solid grasp of division facts in their minds, they won’t be able to work on more complex problems. It’s like not knowing how to drive but trying to drive anyway.

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If that’s the case, then what we should be focusing on is understanding why our kids are struggling in the first place. To be honest, there can be many reasons for this problem. 

Reasons like a lack of understanding, memorization feeling like a draining task, table overload, multiplication confusion, and more can all contribute to students not having a good grip on division facts.

Are you interested in knowing how I make division practice fun and engaging for my kiddos? It’s by using riddles! Riddles are a perfect tool to help children develop math and problem-solving skills, whether it’s back-to-school time or throughout the whole year.

Why Division Practice Is Important

Practicing division problems is crucial for a kid’s basic math learning and understanding. It is a critical thinking skill essential for mastering higher and advanced math concepts. Division helps kids:

  • Increase their problem-solving abilities 
  • Build confidence in handling complex calculations 
  • Improve their understanding of the world around them

Now that you know how important it is for our kids to practice division problems. Let’s talk about a solution.

The best way I am able to get my students working on division practice is using division riddles. Using riddles keeps students focused on the task in hand and also builds their perseverance skill. 

How Division Riddles Works: 

You hand out one of the division riddles to your kids. It could be a division facts or 2 by 1, 2 by 2  digit or 3 by 1 or 3 by 2 digit, whatever numbers you want your students to practice that day. 

Students start working on the problems and with every problem they unlock a key (letter) that is part of the mystery riddle they are solving. The clues are unlocked randomly to make it more interesting and exciting for the kids.

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Once all the clues are collected the answer to the mystery is revealed. The gamified way of practicing division makes it less intimidating for the students and helps them gain confidence in their math skills.

Few ways to use Division Riddles inside classroom:

I love activities that are versatile and can be used in multiple ways inside the classroom. Here are a few ways you can use a Riddles activity 

  • Partner work
  • Home work
  • Centers or rotation
  • Review or practice work
  • Or anytime you want to have something FUN 

Are you looking for 2 and 3 digit by 1 digit long division practice worksheets for your upper elementary students? 

Check out the division riddles resource on my TPT shop and let your kids have fun while learning at the same time.

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Looking for more tips of 5th grade math teaching checkout this Blog post on 5th grade year round math activities.

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