Lesson Plan

Details of Division

Teach your students the vocabulary words to accurately discuss division equations, and then challenge them to write their own word problems! Use this lesson independently or as a pre-lesson for *Divide it Up!*
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Students will be able to construct solutions to solve simple division problems. Students will be able to explain and defend how they generated answers for division problems.


Students will be able to create word problems for division equations and explain their answers using content-specific vocabulary and peer supports.


(3 minutes)
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  • Write a word problem (e.g., "There are 24 desks that we need to put into groups of four. How many desks should be in each group?") on the board and ask students to write the equation on their whiteboards.
  • Instruct students to turn and discuss how they knew the equation based on the word problem. Listen closely for students' use of mathematical terminology, such as dividend, divisor, quotient, and division.
  • Go over the student-friendly Language Objective, and have students repeat it aloud.