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* *Reflection: Unit Exams
Assessing Division - Section 2: Administering the Test

Rigor was this test's theme. I saw students really struggle to get through it in 45 minutes. So, it is a long one, but I think it is a great tool. The standards are listed on the front of the paper, and when I look at it I think about how much "stuff" they are learning in this unit. Prior to CCSS, I would guess only a third left my classroom being able to go through the motions of being able to divide long division. Now, kids are leaving my class with being not only able to divide, understand place value and how all of that fits into repeated subtraction. Its great. Look at this video for some samples and see how my students have done.

*Division and Difficulty*

*Unit Exams: Division and Difficulty*

# Assessing Division

Lesson 21 of 21

## Objective: SWBAT show they have mastered 2,3,4 digit by 1 digit division, word and comparison problems.

*55 minutes*

#### Warm Up Before the Big Test

*10 min*

I took loose plastic change and put it in my pocket. I told my students how many coins are in my 2 pockets and the total amount of money. I told them they needed to come up with the exact coins that make up that exact amount. The person with the right answer wins the coins! One dollar will buy 15 minutes for them of free iPad time. I have them keep the coins in a small baggie in their desk. If there is discipline problems, I take away a quarter. This keeps them accountable for their behavior because they LOVE free iPad time.

Today, I have put 67 cents in one pocket and 20 in another. ( i.e There is one 50 cent piece, 1 dime,a nickel and two pennies in the one pocket, one dime and 10 pennies in the other.) I told them I had 87 cents with 16 coins between my two pockets. This little game really gets them going.

It took them awhile to work it out and finally one student got it! They really love this game and I will play it a couple times a week with them.

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#### Administering the Test

*45 min*

Division Test Mastery Chart Blank: This chart can be used after the pretest to assess growth and mastery of standards.

This test has been designed to be rigorous. There are writing components to it. They have to not only show they can calculate, but prove their thinking through their writing. It has instructions that need to be read carefully and the first 4 problems are asking that students use the inverse to check. I went over directions carefully with students, warning them that they needed to remember to read carefully and pay attention to the details. I also told them to go back and ask themselves if their answer made sense to them. Are the numbers realistic?

It would be a long test and so we got busy right away.

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- UNIT 1: Place Value and Multi-Digit Addition & Subtraction
- UNIT 2: Metric Measurement
- UNIT 3: Graphing and Data
- UNIT 4: Concepts of Multiplication
- UNIT 5: Geometry
- UNIT 6: Fractions 1: Understanding Equivalence in Fractions and Decimals
- UNIT 7: Fractions 2: Addition and Subtraction Concepts/ Mini unit
- UNIT 8: Fractions 3 Mini Unit: Multiplying Fractions by Whole Numbers
- UNIT 9: Division Unit
- UNIT 10: Addition and Subtraction: Algorithms to One Million
- UNIT 11: Place Value
- UNIT 12: Addition and Subtraction Word Problems
- UNIT 13: Multiplication Unit

- LESSON 1: Divison Pretest
- LESSON 2: Ants, Ants, Ants! Using discovery to understand the meaning of division.
- LESSON 3: An Intro to the Box Method: A Conceptual Approach to 2 digit by 1 digit division
- LESSON 4: A Remainder of One: Practicing Box Method
- LESSON 5: Multiply or Divide? Exploring Word Problems that Compare.
- LESSON 6: Developing Our Division Skills
- LESSON 7: Two Games for Practicing Fluency & Dividing 3 -4 Digit Dividends Against 1 Digit Divisors
- LESSON 8: Oranges,Social Studies, Sister Anne and Studying the Whole: An integrated lesson
- LESSON 9: Talk the Talk of Division: Recognizing "Division" Words in One Step Word Problems
- LESSON 10: The Sieve of Eratosthenes: Prime Numbers, Multiples & Inverse
- LESSON 11: Understanding Division Through Bubble Wrap
- LESSON 12: Division: Quiz 1: Assessing division of 2,3, &4 digit by one digit divisors
- LESSON 13: Supporting Their Writing in Math: Class Collaboration and the Google Doc
- LESSON 14: In a Heartbeat! Connecting Informational Text to Multistep Word Problems
- LESSON 15: Assessing Understanding of Division Word Problems
- LESSON 16: Game Day! Review Day!
- LESSON 17: Bowling for fluency: A game for number sense, fluency and equation development.
- LESSON 18: Writing: Showing our Understanding of Entry Points & Place Value in Dividing
- LESSON 19: Division: Getting Ready to Test
- LESSON 20: Dear Mrs. Kanthack: A letter from students about mastering Division Standards
- LESSON 21: Assessing Division