Blackberry Banquet Division Board

a Guest Blog Post by Robin Dobson


Hi homeschoolers, today I’m posting a division lesson based on the unit division board used in Montessori education, but without the division board. Because as homeschoolers, you and I both know, we can make our own!

Division is just sharing, which when you are raising kids you are talking about all the time, so you are probably already teaching it! I love linking science and math with fun picture books. We read a book, then dive into an activity.

In BLACKBERRY BANQUET, by Terry Pierce and Lisa Downey, a cast of wild creatures all share blackberries from one bush. Perfect. Division, here we come!

My free printables will allow you to work with dividends (the amount you are dividing) from 1-81, and use divisors (the amount you are dividing by) from 1-9.

See the little characters? Those are your divisors. Simply cut them out, color them in, and decide, who’s going to share in the blackberry banquet!

See the blackberries? Those are your dividends. Cut them out, color them in, and decide, how many blackberries you should we begin with! My kiddos love to color and cut, but this can be a frustration for some kids. Remember, you can always use small objects, like pennies, to be your divisors!


Microsoft Word - BLACKBERRY BANQUET divisors2.docx

Microsoft Word - BLACKBERRY BANQUET dividend.docx

Try it out! If you need a PDF format, it is probably already up on my blog and if you have questions you can always ask them in the comments section:


On December 2, I posted an interview with BLACKBERRY BANQUET’s author, Terry Pierce. You can read the interview and win a signed copy of her book by posting a comment on the blog any time during December:


About Robin Dobson: I’m a credentialed California elementary teacher an author and a mom. My kids are always muddy and we are usually out in the garden. I’m blogging book reviews, author & illustrator interviews, and fun education activities at:

Happy teaching!

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