Lesson Plan

Part-Whole Model: Word Problems with Division

Take your students' division skills to the next level with division word problems! These word problems will focus on the part-whole model and connecting the strategies to students' prior knowledge.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Part-Whole Division Sentences pre-lesson.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to solve division word problems using the part-whole model strategy.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments

Introduction

(5 minutes)
Part-Whole Models with Division Word Problems
  • Draw a simple part-whole model on the board with only numbers listed and an equation frame with blanks underneath the drawing.
  • Ask students to think for 30 seconds about what the drawing represents and how they might complete the equation. Tell them to use their whiteboards to write or draw some of their ideas. Then, have them share their answers with their elbow partners.
  • Call on volunteers to share their ideas aloud and write them on the side of the board to consider later. Gather background knowledge on their knowledge of division within part-whole models through their whiteboard responses and peer conversations.
  • Choose a student to read a student-friendly learning objective: "I can solve division word problems using the part-whole model strategy."

Beginning

  • Allow students to use their home language (L1) or new language (L2) in their discussions.
  • Provide some key terms that correspond with the visual to serve as a word bank for students' language use.

Intermediate

  • Have students restate the ideas behind a part-whole model.
  • Write the academic language they can use throughout the lesson on the board as you introduce the language.