Are you looking for box method division worksheets that implement differentiation and effectively reach all learners, including those who seem to “not get it”? Well, you’re in for a treat! Read on to discover why these scaffolded box method division worksheets should be a go-to resource for any upper elementary teacher.
Why Use Scaffolding?
Scaffolding is a crucial component of the box method; it builds a step-by-step approach and makes the skill less daunting. Using scaffolding allows students to break down problems into more manageable steps, which leads to a greater understanding of box method division AND increased math confidence.
I created my box method division worksheets to incorporate scaffolding using various layers of gradual support. Some support offered includes color-coded boxes, guiding arrows, and the overall organization of each step individually. A clear outline of the steps is provided to help students grasp the logic behind this division method.
One of the most beneficial features is the boxes/placeholders for each number already set up! I know you get tired of hearing students ask, “Where do I put this number now? Does it go here, there, etc.?” The boxes will solve all your box method division woes.
Version 1: Color-Coded Steps
Color coding is an effective strategy when using box method division because it helps students visually organize the problem and better understand the relationships between the numbers involved. Students can easily differentiate between the numbers because of the different colors assigned to each digit or component of the problem. They can physically see how each number in the problem relates.
Additionally, color coding can also be extremely helpful for students who have learning disabilities or difficulty with math, as it can provide them with a clear and structured approach to solving problems.
This is the most scaffolded version in the set. Color-coded columns guide students on correctly placing numbers in the box setup. Additionally, I’ve added arrows to help guide students along the process (and an option without arrows). When they need to carry numbers up to the next column, this can be confusing. I’ve even set up subtraction symbols for students to conceptualize the process further.
Version #2: Blue Boxes
This version is one level of scaffolding below version #1. Use this version when students understand each number’s placement but are not quite ready to give up the support of boxes and arrows.
Each column includes color coding but offers less support. Instead, all boxes are blue to guide students minimally. Again, there’s less of a scaffold, and students should gradually progress to the next level with one less layer of differentiation.
These are also available with or without guiding arrows, providing another scaffolding level. This version includes subtraction symbols.
Version #3: No Boxes or Color-Coding
This version provides the least amount of scaffold. Use this version when students understand the placement of each number and aren’t confused with setting the problem up.
The only real scaffold included is the subtraction symbols that remind students to bring each digit down.
40+ Box Method Division Worksheets
Each version of the box method worksheets mentioned above is part of a resource that’ll guide you further with done-for-you, built-in scaffolds.