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Families and Long Division

Found In: math, mnemonics

When I teach long division I have the children write DMSCB on the top of their papers. I tell them it stands for: Daddy, Mommy, Sister, Cousin, and Brother. In reality they learn it stands for divide, multiply, subtract, compare, and bring down.

I have found this is a tremendous help to students who forget the proper order of division. I also always refer to it when I am doing a directed lesson. To bring humor to the lesson I will sometimes refer to the family name: You forgot the Mommy. Children really appreciate having this little learning trick!


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