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Instructor Overview

Students review the standard long-division algorithm and discuss the different ways the answer to a whole-number division problem can be expressed (as a whole number plus a remainder, as a mixed number, or as a decimal).

Students solve a series of real-world problems that require the same whole number division operation, but have different answers because of how the remainder is interpreted.

Key Concepts

Students have been dividing multidigit whole numbers since Grade 4. By the end of Grade 6, they are expected to be fluent with the standard long-division algorithm. In this lesson, this algorithm is reviewed along with the various ways of expressing the answer to a long division problem. Students will have more opportunities to practice the algorithm in the Exercises.

Goals and Learning Objectives

  • Review and practice the standard long-division algorithm.
  • Answer a real-world word problem that involves division in a way that makes sense in the context of the problem.