# The Many Uses of Morning Work

Do you use morning work in your classroom? I love morning work. It really helps students to stay focused as everyone else files into the classroom. I also like to use them as bell work, in case math isn’t the first class of the day. It helps students to stay focused between different subjects.

I’m using my morning work pages with my children as exit tickets to use their electronic devices this summer. It keeps them focused and prevents the summer slide for math. I know lots of parents worry about reading in the summer, but sometimes they forget to reinforce math. I understand, there are so many things we as parents have to worry about. That is why I like these pages, you can half them to save on paper and also just to save on implementation. It’s just enough math to help your children review the skills.

I also like the ‘too easy’ ‘too hard’ or ‘just right’ on the bottom because then you can see how your children or students feel about that particular math concept. My daughter had fun coloring the black and white graphics when she was done too!

These morning work printables have a great format that will enable your students to work on them by themselves. This will help you free up time for last minute lesson prep. They also work well for homework. Low stress for your kids’ parents too!

I love these input/output problems. My daughter didn’t realize that each one was different based on multiplication, division, etc. So it was nice to see her solve for the correct answer.

I mentioned earlier that I used these as exit tickets in the summer, but you can use these as exit tickets during the school year too! The half-sized pages are just long enough to push your students to achieve a little bit more work before they go to recess or get to do another activity.

And hey, sometimes pups have to get into the action of morning work, especially in the summer!

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# Division Drawing: Bugs

Here’s a free downloadable worksheet that you can use in your home or classroom to teach division to your children or students. For each division problem, have your students solve the problem posed, and then use the answer they’ve come up with to draw the remaining parts necessary to complete the picture of the insect, arachnid or arthropod (you can even use this exercise as an opportunity to teach kids the difference between the different types of bugs).

The division problems in this exercise are not terribly difficult; you can use this exercise when first teaching second grade students how to divide numbers, or as a quick and fun activity for your third grade students to complete, possibly as a refresher of division at the beginning of third grade mathematics or at another point during the school term.

### Teaching division to kids

When teaching division, you can have kids “count their way” to the answer they’re trying to reach. Here’s how:

1. Introduce the division problem to your child; for example, what is 15 ÷ 3?
2. Have your child count the first five numbers: “1, 2, 3, 4, 5”. When they’re done, have them hold up one finger.
3. Next, have your child count the next five numbers: “6, 7, 8, 9, 10”, and then have them hold up a second finger.
4. Count the final five numbers: “11, 12, 13, 14, 15”. Have your child hold up a third finger. Your child has now counted to 15.
5. You’ve reached your target number of 15. Now you can have your child count the number of fingers he or she is holding up: 3.
6. Explain to your child that they’ve counted three sets of the number 5 to reach 15; therefore, 15 ÷ 3 = 5.

This method can be used to solve all of the problems on this worksheet save for the last one; the last problem (with the centipede) will require a child’s re-starting the counting of fingers and remembering that he or she has already counted to 10, or perhaps beginning to count numbers on their toes!