Jody Walker
Computer Science, English Language Arts, Composition and Rhetoric, Speaking and Listening, Mathematics, Numbers and Operations
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Lesson Plan
Upper Primary
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  • Animation
  • Division
  • Math
  • Problem Based Learning
  • Story Problems
  • Word Problems
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    Animated Division Stories (Problem-Based Interactive Learning)

    Animated Division Stories (Problem-Based Interactive Learning)


    Students will work with a partner to write, solve, check, and animate a division story problem based on a division expression using a sharing model.

    Introduce (or Review) Solving Division Word Problems

    Watch the excellent instructional video created by Isabel Pimental on to help introduce or review solving division word problems.

    Practice solving division word problems as a class. Draw pictures to help students visualize equal groups.

    • There are 28 kids at a party.  There are 7 tables.  How many kids will be able to sit at each table?
    • A box of muffin mix makes 30 muffins. Sarah can bake 6 muffins on a tray at a time.  How many batches of muffins will Sarah need to make?
    • Charles has 48 stickers in his collection. He buys a sticker book with 8 pages. He wants to put an equal amount of stickers on each page.  How many stickers should be put on each page.

    Write a Division Story Together

    Use the attached storyboard to write a division story together.

    Students who have difficulty understanding how to divide their objects into equal groups may benefit by having a list of possible groups or "containers" that hold items.

    You can divide items into groups such as:

    • boxes
    • bags
    • drawers
    • classrooms
    • backpacks
    • trays
    • bins

    View Past Student Storyboards and Animated Division Projects

    View and discuss example student storyboards together.

    Let students know that they will be writing their own division stories and animating them.

    Show students what the finished product will look like by viewing projects created by previous students.

    Create Division Stories

    Partner students and have them write division stories using the attached storyboard.

    *It is helpful to preview and make a list of the available templates, characters, backgrounds, and props in your chosen animation program so that students' stories do not include items which may be unavailable.

    Each frame on the storyboard represents a new scene.

    With your partner:

    Decide on a dvision fact.

    Decide on what objects you will divide and how you will divide them.

    Decide who will be character 1 and who will be character 2.

    Write your dialogue in conversational writing (Write how you usually speak).

    Speak your dialogue aloud to make sure it makes sense.

    Don't forget to have character 1 check the division problem by using multiplication.

    Make your story entertaining!

    Animate Division Stories

    Choose an animated video maker.

    Here are some possible choices:

    *Animation Apps and Programs can be pricey.  You may want to request that parents (who are financially able to) donate $1 towards your one month subscription to the animation maker of your choosing.

    Be sure to watch tutorials with students and remind them that they must follow their storyboards.

    Follow your storyboards to animate your division stories.

    Each frame on your storyboard represents a new scene.

    Animated Division Stories Viewing Party

    Upload student animations to and showcase them with a viewing party!

    Students will gain an even deeper understanding of division by watching each other's division animation stories.

    Project students' animated division stories onto a screeen and invite administrators, teachers, parents, and other students to attend the event.

    Students will beam with pride as they share their achievements.