Lesson Plan

Division Word Problems

Freshen up on your understanding of division word problems with long division and one-digit divisors! Use this lesson to help students identify key division terms and solve word problems.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Deciphering Division Word Problems pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Deciphering Division Word Problems pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify key division terms in word problems to help solve long division problems with one-digit divisors.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments


(5 minutes)
Word Problems: Divide & CheckWord Problems: DivisionLong Division Word ProblemsDivision: Word Problems (Part One)
  • Write the following problem on the board and ask students to solve the problem in pairs: "Four friends went to a camp that cost a total of $480. They split the amount equally between each other. How much money did each friend pay for the camp?"
  • Choose students to share their answers and how they solved the problem. Highlight the question they answered, the equations they used, and the important information and keywords as you jot down notes from their explanations on the board.
  • Ask for competing ideas from students and have students turn and talk to their partners about what they think they'll learn today.
  • Model finding the correct answer to the problem.
  • Tell students today they'll review how to solve long division word problems and make a list of keywords that indicate they need to divide to solve the problems.


  • Provide student-friendly definitions in students' home language (L1) and English (L2) of the following words: "camp," "split," "equally," "amount," "keywords," and "division." If possible, include a picture or example of the term.


  • Place students in partnerships with more advanced ELs or helpful non-ELs.
  • Have students restate the main information from the word problem in their own words.

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