These fact cards are designed to help students attain mastery of the first level of their division facts. Division Level 1 consists of dividing by 1, 2, 3, 5, and 10. Students must have mastery of their multiplication level 1 facts before starting division level 1 fact practice.
Students must have mastery (automatic recall) of their math facts so that they can focus on the harder problem solving processes. A student has automatic recall of a fact when he or she has practiced the fact enough with effective strategies to be able to produce a correct answer immediately. The student knows the fact automatically when he or she no longer needs a strategy to figure it out; he or she no longer has to pause and think.
The student can use the multiplication fact that he or she has mastered. Additional prior knowledge comes from modeling division with concrete objects. He or she can imagine splitting 14 blocks into 2 equal groups. This example shows the concept of dividing into 2 equal groups rather than pulling out groups of 2. Either concept can be used, but only one picture solution is shown on the card.
If the student can’t answer, “What times 2 is 14?”, then he or she should ask a different question: “What number could I double to get 14?” The student should have prior knowledge of the addition double fact, 7 + 7 = 14. Otherwise, he or she should estimate. “5 and 5 makes 10, 6 and 6 makes 12, and 7 and 7 makes 14. 14 ÷ 2 = 7.“
A student should progress through the fact card arithmetic levels in the sequence below. He or she must have mastery of prior levels before progressing to the next level.