Lesson Plan

Division with Fair-Sharing Language

Encourage your students to describe elements of a division problem using peer supports and an information gap game. Use this lesson on its own or as support to the lesson Multi-Digit Division.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Multi-Digit Division lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Multi-Digit Division lesson plan.



Students will be able to discuss the components of multi-digit division.


Students will be able to explain division problems with correct vocabulary using peer discussions and sentence stems.


(5 minutes)
Info Gap Cards: Describing DivisionInformation Gap Questioning CardsVocabulary Cards: Division with Fair-Sharing LanguageGlossary: Division with Fair-Sharing LanguageTeach Background Knowledge TemplateWrite Student-Facing Language Objectives Reference
  • Display a descriptive card from the Info Gap Cards: Describing Division worksheet, such as card Z.
  • Read the card to the students and ask them to use their whiteboards to recreate the expression it is describing. Students should come to the understanding that they are missing information (i.e., number they are subtracting from) and they cannot borrow or trade from a number they do not know.
  • Ask students to list the information they need to know to help them figure out the expression (e.g., the number they are subtracting from and the total number they are subtracting).
  • Gather background information from students about their vocabulary knowledge by asking them what they can assume about the number that is being subtracted based on the description in card Z. For example, we know the digit in the tens place is larger in the number that is being subtracted than the subtracted number because trading is necessary, etc.
  • Tell students that today they will play an info gap game to help them practice the fair-sharing language they need to use when discussing division problems.