For students in Grades 3 and up, the leap from multiplication to division can be hard! This article explains what division is, along with the different parts of a division problem (quotient, divisor, and dividend) and how to use the standard algorithm for division. Included are two lessons to introduce and develop the concept to your students. Both lessons are designed to practice fluently dividing multi-digit numbers using the standard algorithm, a standard common in Grades 5–6.
Comparing Division and Multiplication
In order to teach division, it usually helps to start with multiplication. The mathematical expression 3 × 5 represents three groups with five items in each group. To find the product, students can build a model of three groups with five items in each group as shown below.
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