Math Skill/Concept: Division process and division with remainders by drawing pictures that represent concrete materials.

Prerequisite Skills:

Mastery of dividing concrete objects into equal groups.

Mastery of dividing concrete objects into equal groups and identifying left over objects as the “remainder.”

Mastery of using concrete objects to solve division problems without remainders.

Mastery of using concrete objects to solve division problems with remainders.

Learning Objectives:

1) FASTDRAW Strategy (to solve division story problems by drawing pictures).

2) Drawing solutions to division story problems using the FASTDRAW Strategy.

Important Ideas for Implemention:

1) This plan describes how to teach students a strategy for solving division story problems – FASTDRAW (Mercer & Mercer, 1998). Students with learning problems benefit from systematic instruction of how to find the important information in a story problem and develop an equation to solve the problem. “FAST” in the FASTDRAW Strategy provides students explicit steps to do this. “DRAW” provides students explicit steps to solve the division equation.

2) First, teach students the FASTDRAW Strategy. Then teach students to draw the solution to the story problem.

3) DRAW (within the FASTDRAW Strategy) can be taught to solve division equations without story problems.