Word problems present an additional challenge for English learners. This division lesson gives them a concrete strategy to decipher word problems. Teach it on its own or prior to teaching Division Word Problems.
Students will be able to identify key division terms in word problems to help solve long division problems with one-digit divisors.
Students will be able to understand and explain division word problems using the Three Reads strategy and a graphic organizer.
Read aloud the following word problem to students and project it on the document camera: A parent in our school has an orange orchard. She wants to donate some of her oranges to the school. She has 198 oranges to distribute equally amongst 9 classrooms. How many oranges will each class receive?
Ask students if there are any unknown words in the problem and if so, provide student-friendly definitions and examples of the terms.
Have students turn to a table mate to discuss their understanding of the word problem and consider possible ways of solving it.
Affirm students' responses and guide them to the understanding that it is a division problem. Model how to solve this problem (198 oranges divided by 9 classes is equal to 22 oranges per class).