Lesson Plan

Comparing Two Division Methods

Challenge students to compare two strategies for solving division expressions! Students will focus on their language use in this pre-lesson to the Dicey Division lesson.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Dicey Division lesson plan.
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Students will be able to solve division problems with up to three-digit dividends and one-digit divisors.


Students will be able to compare two methods for division using peer conversations and sentence stems.


(5 minutes)
Two Methods for Solving Division ProblemsVocabulary Cards: Comparing Two Division MethodsGlossary: Comparing Two Division MethodsTeach Background Knowledge TemplateWrite Student-Facing Language Objectives Reference
  • Distribute one half of the precut vocabulary cards to each student. Have students find their matching pairs, either carrying the definition of the word or the word itself. (Note: make sure each student will have a pair by making extra copies if necessary.)
  • Gather information on students' background knowledge based on the questions they ask to find their partners. Monitor students' progress and ask struggling students leading questions to help them find their partner (e.g., "Can you read the word? Does the word remind you of another word?").
  • Ask students to guess about today's topic after you've read all the terms and their definitions.
  • Tell students that during the lesson they will compare two different division strategies for solving the same expression.