Lesson Plan

Introduction to Division with Remainders

In this lesson, your students will use visual and hands-on strategies to divide whole numbers with remainders.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to divide whole numbers with remainders using base ten blocks and standard algorithm.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
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(5 minutes)
Dividing with RemaindersMore Long Division Word Problems
  • Using a projector, demonstrate how to divide with a remainder by building the solution to a problem with base ten cubes (e.g., 14 ÷ 4).
  • Point out the remainder in your solution, and define the term (e.g., "After dividing a number into equal groups, the remainder is the whole number that is left over, or remaining.").


  • Provide a student-friendly definition for the terms "remainder," "division," "dividend," and "divisor."
  • Use a real-life word problem to demonstrate the first example, for example, "Mauricio made 14 cookies and wants to give them all to 4 friends. How many cookies will each friend get? Will there be any leftover cookies?"


  • Have students rephrase and retell the steps you took to solve the division problem using base ten blocks.