In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about making equal groups. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Making Equal Groups topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more.
Classroom Activities for Teaching Students About Making Equal Groups
Divide and Conquer
Tell your students that they will be making teams of two people. How many teams will there be? If you have an odd number of students, you can add yourself as a team member. Solve the problem together and model the division sentence on the board. Prepare different bags filled with even numbers of counters. Give each team a bag to divide equally. Students may want to make tally charts, draw pictures, or dole them out one by one. Make sure all teams get a chance to divide each collection. Teams should write their division sentences and solve together.
By the Dozen
Give pairs a collection of a dozen items, such as coins, counters, or cubes. Then challenge them to find as many ways as possible to divide them into equal groups. Encourage students to make arrays to help them. Have students write number sentences and share what they learned with the rest of the class.
In the Barnyard
Write different riddles on the board about barnyard animals and the number of legs that they have. For example, “There are 16 legs in the chicken coop. How many chickens are there?” Have students figure out the answer by using number lines and skip-counting. Then have them write division sentences to show their answer.
Family and Homeschool Activities for Teaching About Making Equal Groups
Words and Numbers
Words and numbers can go hand in hand. Choose a book to read. Together figure out how many days it will take to finish the book if you read 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 pages a day. Write the division sentences together. Then read the book together! After you finish reading, you and your child can select another book and calculate how much time it will take to finish.
Picture Grab Bags
Have your child make picture grab bags for friends and family members. He or she can draw small pictures or cut out pictures from magazines to put in each bag. You can ask your child to draw 15 pictures and have him or her calculate how many pictures will go in each bag if there are 5 bags. Change up the number of bags and pictures. Then your child can give out the bags to friends and family members.